VDACS News Releases
June 1, 2020
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now as Hurricane Season Begins Today
Taking preparedness steps today can help protect farms and livestock
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904
While the Commonwealth has already been impacted by tropical weather, today is the official start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. 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.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages farmers to act now and take the following precautions to help protect their families, livestock and farm operations.
“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,” said Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, VDACS’ Commissioner. “Storms of recent years, weather predictions for the upcoming hurricane season and other weather events are fresh reminders of how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm and agribusiness.”
VDACS offers the following tips for 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, as termiticides need time to bond with the soil before getting wet.
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