Today’s Topic: Troxler surveys agricultural damage from Hurricane Matthew

By on October 12, 2016


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

On Monday, Commissioner Troxler did an aerial survey of portions of Eastern North Carolina to view damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. He was amazed by the magnitude of the flooding and said there is “catastrophic damage to farming operations all across the East.”

Commissioner Troxler said the amount of water he saw was unbelievable and that recovery will take a long time.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about agricultural damage from Hurricane Matthew and some of the things the department will be focused on during recovery.

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  1. R Davis
    October 12, 2016

    As NC recovers from flooding, you may want to consider forming a coalition to identify needs of farmers in the middle of harvest and for closing it out, mitigating as much loss as possible. If more hands are needed to quickly harvest, you may want to see where inside and outside of the state you may get volunteers through other Ag Extensions, 4-H network (especially those in areas that may be or about to be finished with their harvest seasons), and AmeriCorps. Maybe some suppliers of generators (Grainger?), farming equipment, and camping equipment (including those that make solar powered camp lamps that are great in the absence of electrical power) can be tapped for representation on the “hurricane recovery needs identification for Agriculture” coalition. These groups and organizations can be helpful in helping to fill in where there are “unmet needs” in the presence of standard FEMA, USDA, SBA and other federal disaster assistance programs – especially with the speed in which federal programs can respond when harvest season timing can’t wait. After 2005 hurricane season, a Mennonite group that knew farming and building well were very quiet but critical to recovery of the most hard-hit county (parish) in LA. There is so much knowledge and skill they have separate from modern technology, that they know what to do in the absence of it. This includes replacement of damaged or destroyed structures. It may also be helpful to connect with LSU AgCenter Extension to learn what they did after flooding set back southern LA’s crop seasons, and even damaged soil in farm areas. In some areas where flood waters brought in soil contaminants, LA ag recovery used mustard plants to extract toxins (and did not use the plants for consumption as food, but disposed of them safely).

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