Drought Concerns in the Midwest

Dan Drought, Weather

The continuing drought across the areas of the Midwest is a real concern for many, especially looking ahead to the 2023 crop year. Mark Oppold has more information.

Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole Causes Temporary USDA Office Closures in Florida

Dan Florida, USDA, USDA-FSA, Weather

Due to Hurricane Nicole moving through parts of Florida, several USDA offices in the state are closed the remainder of this week. Please call ahead to ensure your local USDA Service Center office is open before visiting. Florida FSA Office Locations: http://www.farmers.gov/working-with-us/service-center-locator. The following service centers will be closed at least through Thursday, November 10, 2022: Putnam, Volusia, Lake, Osceola, St. Lucie, …


Florida Prepares as Nicole Looms as DeSantis Adds 11 Counties to Storm Order

Dan Florida, Weather

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Nov. 9, 2022) — With Tropical Storm Nicole expected to strengthen to a hurricane before hitting the state’s East Coast, President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration as Florida officials Wednesday urged residents to be prepared. A 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center said the storm could make landfall in the state Wednesday night and move through Central …

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Hurricane Watch Issued for Florida East Coast

Dan Florida, Weather

A hurricane watch was issued Monday for a large stretch of the East Coast of Florida, as Subtropical Storm Nicole posed a late-season threat to the state. The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane watch was in effect from Hallandale Beach to the border of Brevard and Volusia counties. It also was in effect for Lake Okeechobee. A tropical-storm watch …


NOAA Winter Weather Outlook Shows More Drought Ahead

Dan Drought, Weather

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its U.S. Winter Outlook. Beginning in December and running through February 2023, NOAA predicts drier-than-average conditions in the South with wetter-than-average conditions in the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, northern Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest. The agency says widespread extreme drought continues in much of the West, the Great Basin, and the central-to-southern Great Plains. …

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USDA Call Center Available to Assist Agricultural Producers with Hurricane Ian Recovery

Dan Economy, USDA-FSA, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established a call center that is available to assist agricultural producers with Hurricane Ian recovery. Florida agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the hurricane, so for producers located in counties where the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) local infrastructure has been impacted, the agency has established state-specific toll-free information lines where producers …


Hurricane Ian Devastates Southwest Florida Agriculture

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, Weather

Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) notes it is working with their members to assess the damage farmers and ranchers across the state suffered from Hurricane Ian in order determine their needs. Many are facing widespread destruction of crops, buildings, fencing and other property loss due to substantial wind and water damage. In the citrus belt, there has been significant fruit drop, …