VDACS News Releases
September 10, 2018
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Potential Impact From Hurricane Florence
Farmers Should Take Steps Now to Protect Their Farms and Livestock
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686
The National Weather Service has classified Hurricane Florence as a major hurricane that is expected to impact the southeast coast of the United States on Thursday. While the hurricane’s exact track is uncertain at this time, it appears increasingly likely that areas of Virginia may experience significant flooding, high winds, and storm surge.
As a result of this forecast, The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises farmers to take the following precautions now to help protect their families, farms and livestock.
“I encourage all Virginia farmers to begin taking precautions today to help safeguard their families, livestock and farms as Hurricane Florence approaches. Farms are asset-heavy with expensive buildings, equipment, animals and other tools of the trade, so taking precautions today may save thousands of dollars in property loss,” said Jewel Bronaugh, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “All pet owners should prepare themselves and their pets before the storm hits. This is even more important for owners of horses because of their size and the special equipment needed to transport them if owners decide to evacuate.”
VDACS offers the following tips for effectively preparing horse owners in areas prone to hurricane damage:
VDACS also encourages pesticide applicators, particularly those in Eastern Virginia, to secure their pesticide storage areas. Applicators in low-lying areas should attempt to elevate or move pesticides to locations that are less likely to flood. Pest control companies should postpone termiticide pre-treatments for slab structures if torrential rains are predicted in their areas. Termiticides need time to bond with the soil before getting wet.
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