VDACS News Releases
May 21, 2018
After a Record Hurricane Season in 2017, Forecasters Warn the East Coast to Brace for More of the Same This Year
Farmers Should Plan Now to Protect Their Farms and Livestock
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686
Parts of the country are still cleaning up after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, but some forecasters say the 2018 season could be almost as bad. Among major forecasters, one model predicts there will be between 14 and 18 named storms on the eastern seaboard this year with seven of those being hurricanes. Another says between seven and 11 storms will be hurricanes.
What this means for Virginia farmers is that they should not wait until June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, to plan for weather-related emergencies. A wealth of information is available online, but most sources agree on the following points:
“Farms are asset-heavy with expensive buildings, equipment, animals and other tools of the trade,” said Bettina Ring, Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “and all farmers should plan ahead to protect those assets.”
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