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Industry Prepares for Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas, and is now regaining strength as the storm is coming up the U.S. Atlantic coast. The storm may make landfall later today in South Carolina. Record storm surge potentially reaching a height of 8 feet and wind gusts of up to 58 mph are expected to reach South Carolina, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The USDA sent out a reminder that assistance is available in the wake of disasters, and has partnered with FEMA to help those in need recover. The USDA advised to protect livestock, plan for an evacuation in case necessary, but if it is not feasible to relocate livestock, provide shelter with adequate food and water until it is safe to return.
Smithfield Foods shared that the company is fully prepared for the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian, specifically the Carolinas and Virginia. Smithfield has multiple operations, both facilities and farms, and more than...
Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue Briefed on Hurricane Michael
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue were briefed today on the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael as it relates to agriculture and rural communities in the storm’s path. Participating in the briefing via conference line were Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black who provided updates on current conditions in their states. Following the briefing, which took place at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Secretary Perdue offered this statement:“I am proud of the work being done by the USDA family as they continue to assist during Hurricane Michael. Our team will continue to be there for our farmers, ranchers, and those affected to get them the aid they need...
USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Michael
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses potentially impacted by Hurricane Michael of programs to provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices stand ready and eager to help. Additionally, USDA’s Operations Center will function around the clock.
“Hurricane Michael quickly grew into a dangerous storm, and residents within its path should heed the advice from their local authorities to ensure their safety,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “All of USDA’s relevant agencies are ready to assist when natural disasters strike, and we will be there for our farmers and ranchers affected by this storm to get them the help they need.”
USDA has important roles in both response to hurricanes and recovery efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the Federal response to support the affected States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service coordinates the response of interagency firefighting personnel, equipment, and...
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