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Possibility of Irma Special Session in Florida

Taylor Hillman Florida, Weather

Saying Hurricane Irma’s “impacts will be devastating and the recovery efforts will be considerable,” Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent an email to House members last Friday raising the possibility of a post-storm special session. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, Corcoran said in the email, “In the weeks following Irma, should any recovery efforts require …

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Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma Impact

Taylor Hillman Georgia, Weather

While Hurricane Irma’s effects were felt in parts of Georgia, it was downgraded to tropical storm status as it moved across the Florida-Georgia line. But in a phone call with Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says early reports indicate the hurricane has affected many aspects of agriculture in the state. 09-11-17 Georgia Commissioner of Ag …

Hurricane Irma Affects Southeast Agriculture

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While Hurricane Irma released its fury on agricultural areas throughout the peninsula of Florida, it continues to work its way through Georgia and parts of Alabama with strong tropical force winds and rain today. Needless to say agriculture, no matter what the crop, has been and will be affected. Here is U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. 09-11-17 Hurricane Irma Affects …

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Florida Farmers Brace for Irma

Dan Florida, Weather

Hurricane Irma is threatening havoc in Floria farmlands. Bloomberg says the hurricane is threatening a negative impact on $1.2 billion dollars worth of production in America’s number one grower of tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash, and sugarcane. Florida has a huge influence on the American food supply as the number two producer grower, second only to California. Almost 10 …

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USDA Urges People to Be Prepared Ahead of Hurricane Irma

Dan Industry News Release, Weather

Have a Plan for Yourself, Your Pets and Your Livestock The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is urging everyone in the potential path of Hurricane Irma to prepare now – not just for yourselves, but also for your pets and your livestock.  APHIS works to support the safety and well-being of pets …

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UF Extension Gives Tips on How to Protect Livestock During Hurricane

Dan Cattle, Florida, Industry News Release, Livestock, Weather

While Florida residents scramble to prepare for Hurricane Irma, agriculture operators are working to make sure their livestock survive the storm. Agents with University of Florida IFAS Extension offer advice on how to safeguard animals before, during and after the storm. “After Hurricane Matthew, we had livestock die from dehydration, electrocution and collapsed barns,” said Cindy B. Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension …

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Agriculture Continues to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

As Hurricane Irma moves towards South Florida, preparations for its arrival continue for many in the agriculture industry in the state. Livestock evacuations have been taking place throughout the week, as temporary shelters in both Alabama and Georgia have opened. Both states have also temporarily suspended Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for animals being evacuated from the areas expected to …

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Georgia Department of Agriculture Responding to Threat of Hurricane Irma

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

With expectations of the extremely powerful Hurricane Irma to impact south Florida this weekend, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working with all of our state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of Georgia citizens, their animals and our Florida neighbors fleeing the storm.    To assist those evacuating with animals, GDA has temporarily suspended …

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Scott Declares Emergency as Hurricane Threatens

Dan Florida, Weather

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday placed all of Florida under a state of emergency as the projected path of Hurricane Irma could take the powerful storm toward the southern tip of the state by the end of the week. The declaration is intended to give local governments in all 67 counties time to prepare, the governor’s office said. “Hurricane Irma …