Today’s Topic: Hurricane season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoEven though two named tropical storms have already formed, the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until Friday. Farmers need to be prepared.

Experts at N.C. State University are predicting an average hurricane season, but North Carolina farmers know too well that even one storm can ruin their year, as Hurricane Irene did last year.

Commissioner Troxler says it’s important for farmers to make preparations to protect their families, workers and farms from tropical storms and hurricanes. These preparations include having backup power and drinkable water, identifying places to relocate animals from low-lying areas, and marking animals so they can be identified and returned if they get lost in a storm.

Click below to listen to the Commissioner and Rhonda discuss these and other steps farmers should take to get ready for hurricane season, and find out how the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is preparing to respond if a storm strikes.

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