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Georgia Farmers have options to prepare for Irma

 

By: Georgia Farm Bureau
9/6/2017 1:54:02 PM

 

With Hurricane Irma predicted to make U.S. landfall in the next few days Georgia farmers will have options available to them to protect their commodities.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), along with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Horse Council, has arranged temporary shelters for evacuated livestock, including horses and cattle, in Andalusia, Montgomery, Dothan and New Brockton. For more details visit http://bit.ly/Alalivestockshelters or contact ADAI Emergency Programs at 334-240-7278 or email ben.mullins@agi.alabama.gov.

UGA Extension Tobacco Specialist J. Michael Moore suggested growers only harvest as much tobacco as they can cure before the storm's outer bands arrive, and to make sure they have back-up generators to ensure tobacco in the curing barns is not lost because of an interruption in power service. For information about selecting and using standby electric power equipment visit http://bit.ly/backupgenerators.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is also making shelter preparations to accommodate livestock, companion animals, fuels and food safety. The GDA also placed a temporary suspension on interstate transport rules for livestock coming from Florida. Call 404-656-3680 or visit http://agr.georgia.gov or https://facebook.com/georgiagrown for future updates.

The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter will serve as an Equine evacuation site for those in the line of hurricane Irma. GNFA will have 350 available stalls that will be opened to evacuees on a first come, first serve basis, no reservations will be accepted. For more information contact GNFA Livestock & Youth Director Phillip Gentry at pgentry@gnfa.com or 478-988-6522.

 

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