Hurricane Reveals Extension’s Inner Strengths

Satellite image of Hurricane MichaelHurricane Michael strengthened rapidly from a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico to make landfall as the strongest hurricane to hit Florida’s Panhandle in a century.  Homes and UF/IFAS facilities suffered damage, including the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Nearly 1 million acres of agricultural crops were impacted for a loss of $158 million, while the Florida Forest Service estimated timber losses at $1.29 billion. Animal and livestock losses have not been tallied. Hurricane Michael taxed resources at UF/IFAS Extension, but the organization is strong and vital to the communities served. According to Nick Place, Dean for Extension for University of FL,”regardless of where we live, across the country Extension is a family of caring professionals who have always got each other’s backs”.