Supporting Agriculture in Idalia’s Wake
With damage from Hurricane Idalia being assessed, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is doing what it can to assist. Here’s what that looks like on the ground for FDACS:
• Calls with ports and fuel industry partners to ensure adequate fuel supplies with priority being given to fueling stations along major transportation corridors of impacted areas.
• An emergency order temporarily suspending the intrastate movement requirements for the transportation of animals from impacted areas. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee have also joined in, temporarily waiving their interstate import requirements.
• The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement has deployed a 20-man search and rescue team to impacted areas.
A note from FDACS, they say for producers that have experience losses or damages due to Idalia, there is a specific Farm Service Agency hotline for assistance: 1-877-508-8364. You can also send an email to the FSA disaster group inbox at FPAC.FSA.FLFSA.Disaster@USDA.gov. They ask that you indicate the county of loss in the subject line.
And I know this doesn’t do a lot for you, but know that we are thinking of you as this continues.