Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Workshop: Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes November 15

With all of the news about agricultural impacts from Gordon and Florence this year, extension agents and agricultural producers will surely be interested in this upcoming workshop on improving resilience on farms to extreme events like hurricanes. The workshop will be held in Gainesville FL on November 15.  The workshop organizers are looking for your ideas as well as sharing information among producers who have learned from Hurricanes Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017. Information for signing up is provided below.

Summary: The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting a free Hurricane
Resilience Workshop in response to the extensive agricultural losses caused by Hurricane Irma in
September 2017. The workshop will focus on adaptation practices that increase resilience to
hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crops, livestock and grazing lands before, during and
after an event occurs. Workshop participants will learn about hurricane impacts on different
commodities and management practices to reduce risk from Extension agents and other experts
with first-hand experience in hurricane preparedness and recovery. Participants will also have an
opportunity to share their own experiences and lessons learned from previous hurricanes during
organized group discussions.

Who should attend? The workshop is open to everyone, including Extension professionals,
USDA employees, relevant state, county, and municipal employees, land managers, policy
makers, and private sector and agency representatives involved in agribusiness where
hurricane damage is likely to occur in the future.

Location: University of Florida/IFAS Straughn Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL

Post-workshop Products:
• Report summarizing successful management practices that increase resilience to
hurricanes before, during and after an event
• Technical manual to assist the transfer of information learned during the workshop
from Extension agents to land managers
• Report or peer-reviewed publication based on the group discussions

For more information and to register, visit the Workshop Website

The workshop flyer can be viewed here.