Parts of the Mississippi Delta have received up to 20-inches of rain following the series of storms that moved through the area over the past several days and agriculture damage is already evident.
The Mississippi State Extension Service is taking steps to collect data and information to begin this process.
“As of this morning numerous MSU Extension county agents have had a number of requests for Agriculture Damage Assessment from local producers,” said Sumner Davis, head of Government and Community Development for MSU Extension. “Please ensure that your county emergency managers are aware that MSU Extension county coordinators can facilitate the Agriculture Damage Assessment process in concert with county emergency managers and that MSU Extension has resources available if local resources become overwhelmed with requests and need additional assistance.
“Accurate Agriculture Damage Assessment is needed to document losses for agricultural commodities, structures, equipment,” said Davis, “(And) to support efforts of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and USDA Farm Services Agency on the behalf of local farmers.”
County officials are asked to first contact their County Emergency Manager and formally request an MSU Extension Agriculture Damage Assessment Strike Team if the need is great enough to overwhelm local resources (Extension county coordinator).
A mission assignment will be created for the Agriculture Damage Assessment Team and the team will be deployed.
The paperwork and data will flow through the County Emergency Manager, the County FSA Director and MSU Extension Disaster Assistant specialists Anne Hilbun-Benoit and Tom Ball.