As Hurricane Sandy barrels into the Northeast, many farmers are feeling the impact of this superstorm. Family farm organizations, state departments of agriculture and emergency management agencies have issued warning, urging farmers to prepare for the storm's damage. The National Young Farmers' Coalition has compiled a list of preparedness suggestions to help farmers minimize destruction to their crops, livestock, equipment and farmland.
As the storm continues, farmers are encouraged to take important steps to prepare for the after-effects:
- Compile important phone numbers and documents for your county extension agent, crop insurance agent, emergency management district, county Farm Service Agency (FSA) and veterinarians.
- Document and photograph farm losses to report to your state's FSA office.
- Visit the FSA website for more information on Disaster Assistance Programs.
- Any damage to homes or barns should be reported to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA.
For state-specific information about Hurricane Sandy, contact your state's department of agriculture.
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