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Building Agricultural Resilience to Hurricanes: Before, During, and After
Hurricane Irma caused 2.8 billion dollars in agricultural losses across a wide geographic and agri-business range when it passed through Florida in September 2017. In the wake of this crop loss and given the high likelihood of future events, the USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida are hosting this workshop to help develop adaptation plans for reducing future agricultural losses.

The workshop will focus on adaptation practices that increase resilience to hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crop, livestock, and grazing lands. Workshop participants will learn about hurricane impacts on the different commodities and management practices to reduce risk. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their own experiences and lessons learned from previous hurricanes during organized group discussions.

Products from the workshop will include: (1) a report summarizing successful management practices that increase resiliency to hurricanes before, during and after an event, (2) a technical manual to assist the transfer of information learned during the workshop from extension agents to producers, and (3) a report or peer-reviewed publication based on the group discussions.

Register by October 26, 2018.

View the workshop flyer:

Workshop Agenda - November 15, 2018
Information on invited speakers coming soon!

7:30 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 9:00 Introduction & Opening Address

9:00 - 9:45 Session 1: Nursery/Horticulture -
Hurricane Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

9:45 - 10:30 Session 1: Group Discussion –
Nursery/Horticulture Lessons Learned from Past Hurricanes

10:30 - 10:45 Break (coffee/tea and snacks provided)

10:45 - 11:30 Session 2: Row Crops –
Hurricane Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

11:30 - 12:15 Session 2: Group Discussion –
Row Crops Lessons Learned from Past Hurricanes

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch (provided), Keynote Speaker: David Zierden, Florida State Climatologist

1:00 - 1:45 Session 3: Livestock/Grazing –
Hurricane Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

1:45 - 2:30 Session 3: Group Discussion –
Livestock/Grazing Lessons Learned from Past Hurricanes

2:30 - 2:45 Break (coffee/tea and snacks provided)

2:45 - 3:15 Communications & Information Sharing

3:15 - 4:00 Take Home Message and Next Steps

Location & Travel Details
Workshop location:
UF/IFAS Straughn Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32608.

Group rates ($99) available 11/14/2018 - 11/16/2018 (reserve under "hurricane workshop") at
Reitz Union Hotel
686 Museum Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392.2151

Additional Information
For assistance with your registration or attendance, please contact:
Carolyn Cox
Coordinator, Florida Climate Institute
Phone: (352) 392-1864 ext. 255
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Registration Deadline: October 26
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