Auburn leads Michael damage data-collection for Alabama farmers

Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael nears the Gulf Coast in early October — image courtesy NOAA

Hurricane Michael devastated crops in Alabama’s Wiregrass region.  But for farmers to have access to the most disaster assistance, officials need comprehensive data on projected yields, estimated losses and other agricultural impacts.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University will lead the data collection effort, documenting the complete effect Hurricane Michael had on Wiregrass area farmers.

Alabama Extension Director Gary Lemme says farmers will have several options for submitting their information.

“Farmers can enter their farm and damage information directly at,” he says. “They can also print a worksheet and take it to their county Extension office and have county staff upload their information.

“We will compile the data and provide it to state and federal agencies as well as the state’s congressional delegation.”

Print the agriculture damage worksheet here.

Farmers and producers will also find an Ag Damage Assessment link on the bottom of every page of the website.

Lemme emphasizes the importance of farmers documenting their losses.

“Document, document, document,” he says.  “I cannot stress this enough.”

Important Information

  • Crop yields harvested before storm
  • Estimated crop yields after storm
  • Livestock losses
  • Damages to equipment and farm buildings

Additionally, farmers can upload both photos and videos as supporting materials to the online survey.

Alabama Extension contributed this article.

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