VDACS News Releases
May 29, 2019
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For 2019 Hurricane Season
Preparedness steps taken today can protect farms and livestock
Contact: Michael Wallace, VDACS, 804.786.1904
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near normal hurricane season for 2019. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three potential major hurricanes. Many Virginia farmers will tell you that just one small hurricane is one too many. Weather can impact farmers in a variety of ways, but the powerful winds and flooding rains of hurricanes can be disastrous for farmers, their families and livestock.
As June 1 is the official start of hurricane season, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages farmers to act now and take the following precautions to help protect their families, farm operations and livestock.
“The hurricanes of 2018 demonstrated that hurricanes can impact agriculture in Virginia several days after the storms make landfall. I encourage all Virginia farmers to plan and take precautions now to safeguard their families, livestock and farms in the event of severe weather,” said Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, VDACS’ Commissioner. “Farms are asset-heavy with expensive buildings, equipment, animals and other tools of the trade, so proper planning and taking precautions now may save thousands of dollars in property loss. Preparation is especially important for horse owners as their size and the special equipment needed to transport horses make them difficult to move.”
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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