Ag department, ALFA collecting Hurricane Sally damage information

Ag department, ALFA collecting Hurricane Sally damage information

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is gathering damage information from farmers impacted by Hurricane Sally’s rainfall, high winds and flooding.

Reported damage can be helpful to federal and state leaders in the aftermath of the storm, according to the department.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who experienced significant damage during this powerful hurricane,” Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate said in a written statement. “Alabama farmers have already faced economic hardships this year due to market instability, trade concerns and the coronavirus pandemic.”

Reportable damage can include structural, crop and livestock losses.

The survey is available at agi.alabama.gov/HurricaneSally.

Separately, the Alabama Farmers Federation is tracking damage with a survey available at http://alfafarmers.org/survey.

On social media, ALFA posted pictures of Sally’s damage to cotton, pecan and soybean crops in south Alabama.