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Agriculture Secretary: Funds for farms hit by Irene already appropriated

Funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency has come under scrutiny since the storm swept up the East Coast, causing loss of life and billions of dollars in damage. 

Vilsac told CNN he has "never seen anything like" the farm fields he toured in North Carolina after the hurricane.

"It's very clear that farmers in North Carolina, Virginia, and along the East Coast have suffered pretty significant loses," Vilsac said.