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August 4, 2023
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season
Taking preparedness steps now helps protect farms and livestock as peak hurricane season approaches
Contact: Michael Wallace
The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The powerful winds and flooding rains of hurricanes can be disastrous for agricultural producers. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages farmers to take precautions now to help protect their families, livestock, and farm operations.
Tips to Protect You and Your Family
Livestock Preparedness Tips:
“Proper planning and taking precautions now could save thousands of dollars in property loss. I strongly encourage all agricultural producers to review these tips and take time now to prepare their farms and agribusinesses for hurricanes and other severe weather events,” said Joseph Guthrie, Commissioner of VDACS. “For more in-depth emergency preparation tips, please visit www.vaemergency.gov/threats/hurricanes.”
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 consider the weather carefully when making any type of outdoor application and always read and follow the pesticide label.
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