Extension is hard at work helping communities, agricultural producers and families recover from Hurricane Michael. Extension professionals will be gathering information from farmers to document crop losses across the state of Alabama.
Disaster recovery information is now available on a new Extension website, MichaelRecoveryInfo.com. Information will be available in the categories of agriculture, families and communities. Information partners include FSA, farm organizations and others in the state. New information will be added daily
Agritourism farms also took a large hit. Hurricane Michael damaged a large number of corn mazes, pumpkin, and sunflower fields which may hurt the number of visitors to those farms.
Extension research plots and local farmers with high tunnel damage are among the victims of this hurricane in the wiregrass area. Just as an example, Hurricane Michael has caused over $2500 in losses to the research high tunnel at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center after it was rebuilt earlier this year.
If you are one of the vegetable growers affected by the recent hurricane, then please contact Regional Extension Agent Neil Kelly (based in Headland, AL) by calling 334-200-1519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to have information of your crop losses/damage assessments.
Also, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced a special financial assistance sign up for Alabama farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Michael. Affected producers are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The first batching period will end on October 26, 2018. A second signup period will end on November 9, 2018. Please find more information here.
The Alabama Farmers Federation, stepped forward to establish a special relief fund to help the state's farmers recover from Hurricane Michael's devastating effects.
Donations are tax deductible and may be made at Alabama FarmersFoundation.org or send checks payable to Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation to P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191.
Ann Chambliss, Program Assistant
Neil Kelly, Regional Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture Extension Program
Ayanava Majumdar, Commercial Horticulture Extension Program Leader & Extension Entomologist
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