Wisconsin Potato Industry Plans Support for Hurricane Victims
The WPVGA will be working diligently with its members over the next several weeks to provide relief to Hurricane victims in Florida, Texas and elsewhere. We are asking all members–Growers, Associate Division and Auxiliary–to please consider a donation, no matter the size.
Hurricane Irma in particular did considerable damage to produce crops in Florida. A recent article in The Packer newspaper stated: “Hurricane Irma left Sunshine State citrus groves with dropped fruit, standing water and dashed hopes.” The article went on to say that “no part of the Florida produce industry was untouched by the Sept. 10-12 storm.” Irma also hit southwest Florida’s Immokalee/Naples region hard, doing considerable damage to the tomato crop.
In addition to monetary donations, we will be working to coordinate several truckloads of potatoes and vegetables to ship to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. If any of our members are interested in helping with this effort, please contact the WPVGA at 715-623-7683 or email: [email protected].
Wisconsin farmers have a history of being generous, especially to those in need or suffering through an emergency hardship. Through a coordinated effort by WPVGA members, we can all be proud to be a part of delivering “Something Special from Wisconsin” to our friends in the southern U.S.