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Efforts to help victims of the flood continue to form Thursday around Vermont.

To help Vermont farmers who lost crops, livestock and land to Tropical Storm Irene the state has created the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Community Foundation teamed up to create the fund, which will pool donations and offer grants to affected farmers.

“People across the country are interested in helping Vermont farmers. As we all know, many of these farmers lost everything,” Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, in a prepared statement. “These resources will help them get through the next few months and allow them to begin to rebuild, restore, and get back on their feet.”

Visit www.vermontagriculture.com for more information.

Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington announced it would be hosting a benefit barbecue Saturday at its headquarters. The proceeds would go to the United Way’s recovery fund, according to the Magic Hat website.

In Burlington Saturday, participating vendors at the Burlington Farmers Market will donate a percentage of their sales to the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund and the Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund.

Organizers of the market in City Hall Park will also hold a silent auction throughout the day, with all proceeds benefiting the two relief funds. Items up for action range from a dinner at Kitchen Table Bistro to an overnight stay at the Willard Street Inn.

The Burlington Farmers Market is held every Sunday in City Hall Park from 8:30 am. -2 p.m.

Dozens of roads remain closed Thursday in central and southern Vermont, due to Tropical Storm Irene.

The closed highways in the middle of the state include Vermont 100B in Moretown, Vermont 17 between Bristol and Fayston, Vermont 100 in Warren,

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