North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that with the Atlantic Hurricane season right around the corner, it's now time for farmers and ranchers set up a plan for reducing the damage should a hurricane make landfall in the state. Producers should make preparations for their families, workers, equipment and buildings, as well as have a back up plan for electricity and drinkable water.
Livestock operations should maintain emergency plans that address power needs and on-site feed capapbilites. Also, indentify places to relocated animals from low-lying areas. Another must is to make sure that animals are marked with ear tags, or some other type of identifier so they can be easily returned if lost.
It's also a good idea for farmers to have a transfer switch properly installed so they can use a generator.
For more suggestions visit www.ncagr.gov.