USDA's Farm Service Agency on Wednesday released information to assist farmers and ranchers suffering from Hurricane Sandy's wrath, urging them to keep records of all losses. The USDA is also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy by deploying staff from USDA Rural Development, Forest Service, Food and Nutrition Service and Natural Resources and Conservation Service.
FSA: Keep Livestock Notes Handy
Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia on Wednesday urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.
FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:
• Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;
• Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;
• Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;
• Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed.
For companion animals, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has deployed animal care experts to provide pet-liaison services to FEMA in Philadelphia. APHIS Animal Care is coordinating with the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agriculture Emergency Programs who are staging a distribution center at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., with supplies for companion animals.
Crops and Land
APHIS deployed a plant pest expert to the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center to provide information and guidance on Asian Long Horned Beetle quarantines to FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Teams as they plan for debris removal.