Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia…

Obtaining Damage Assistance from USDA/FSA

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Many growers have been asking about the type of assistance they can receive to help with their farm damage from Hurricane Irma. According to Gary England, director of the Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) are still collecting and evaluating damage data. Once this process is…

Officials Survey Hurricane Damage in Florida

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On September 18, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Congressman Tom Rooney and Senator Marco Rubio flew in a helicopter to get an aerial view of farm damage from Hurricane Irma. Described by Rubio as an “agriculture catastrophe,” the storm ravished many Florida crops. Since many Florida vegetables were not…

UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS…

Hurricanes May Bring Unusual Pests

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Irma rolled through the Southeast and impacted many sectors of the region’s agriculture. While growers continue to assess the damage on their farms, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds them to check their crop for unusual pests as well. According to Majumdar, insects generally do not like wet weather.…

South Florida Fruit and Vegetable Grower Damage Report

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Hurricane Irma tore through Florida on September 10–11. Now, growers are assessing the damage on their farms and looking toward the future. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), says based on reports from growers, fruit and vegetable farms faced minimal damage. Before the hurricane came through, Calvin…

USDA Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Food Safety, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: USDA Press, Phone: (202) 720-4623, Email: press@oc.usda.gov USDA Reminds Individuals and Small Businesses USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses impacted Hurricane Irma that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff…