Update from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma

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Work continues to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma to crops in parts of Georgia. Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman was able to get an update from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black concerning the damage and also found out that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Georgia later this week to tour some of the areas affected. …


NRCS Programs Help with Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

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For those affected by Hurricane Irma, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. For declared natural disasters that lead to imminent threats to life and property, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and …

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Hurricane Impacts on Cotton Crop Better Known Next Month

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USDA’s September crop production report was released Tuesday, but information for that report was collected well before Hurricane Irma made its way through the Southeast. USDA staff will soon be collecting more data on crops in states impacted by the recent hurricanes, and according to this report from Rod Bain, those updates will be for use in the October crop …


USDA Providing Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Irma

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind farmers and ranchers and those who reside in rural communities impacted Hurricane Irma, they have programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “In recent weeks, millions of Americans have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” He said, “USDA employees have been working tirelessly …


Florida Cattle Ranchers Dealing with Damage from Irma

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Between heavy rains and strong winds, Hurricane Irma left a mess for many cattle ranches across the state of Florida. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Florida Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Jim Handley. He describes what ranchers in many parts of the state are dealing with. 09-12-17 Florida Cattle Ranchers Dealing with Damage from Irma


Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma

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Hurricane Irma did spread rain and wind across a large part of Alabama, but it was the eastern side of the state that was affected the most. Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan about the storm and how his state fared. 09-12-17 Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma


Possibility of Irma Special Session in Florida

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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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Farmers Looking for Sunshine to Dry Peanut Fields Out

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Rains from Hurricane Irma left peanut fields across much of the Southeast doused. But as Tyron Spearman reports, most fields should be in good shape once the sun comes out and drying allows growers to get back in the fields for harvest. 09-11-17 Peanut Farmers Looking for Sunshine to Dry Fields Out