|Our thoughts are with the South as Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean face the aftermath of this month’s hurricanes. Aside from the damage these storms did to the homes and families in these areas, the agriculture industry also took a big hit by the severe weather. As we reflect and rebuild, it is important for people to know that their local Cooperative Extension can be used as a resource. These universities are experts on storm preparation, the impact on crops, and help with restoration. Here are some examples of what the Cooperative Extension can do for you:
– Assistance for Florida citrus growers: The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers expertise from their citrus specialists that can answer questions related to hurricane recovery practices. They even have a special “Citrus Growers’ Hotline” that growers can call for immediate assistance.
– Advice for tree damage in severe weather: The University of Florida IFAS Extension also provides information on how to deal with fallen and potentially dangerous trees following a storm. By using their guides, you’ll be able to find the right professional to handle your trees along with a plethora of tips for how to prevent further damage.
– Livestock safety information: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has tips on what to feed livestock when lacking proper resources, how to prevent the common causes of illness in hazardous environments, and how to examine your animals for injuries after a storm.
– How to cope with the emotional impact: Aside from the physical damage, the emotional damage a storm can have on a person can be equally devastating. Fortunately, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service has a guide on how to help you and your children overcome the storm in a healthy way.
In addition to hurricane relief information, the Cooperative Extension offices also provide reports on the local agriculture landscapes and what to expect from your crops going forward. For links to your local office’s website, click here.
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