Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
This week, Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss recommendations for disaster response that the state Senate’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness put forward last week. Many of the recommendations could benefit farmers.
In 2011, tornadoes, drought and Hurricane Irene served to raise issues pertaining to emergency preparedness and response with respect to farming. Commissioner Troxler and NCDA&CS staff have been focusing on the need for changes that could help farmers mitigate storm damage or recover more quickly from storms in the future.
Some of the issues the department is trying to address include setting up agricultural emergency response teams; making it easier for farmers to harvest and move crops before a hurricane hits; and speeding up the removal of debris on farms following a storm.
Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss this topic and what needs to happen next for these recommendations to be implemented.
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