Important Information Regarding Hurricane Ian

DONATE HERE: Florida Cattlemen's Foundation Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts


The Florida Cattlemen’s Association has worked with State Governmental officials to set forth a number of emergency declarations, exemptions, waivers etc. pertaining to the movement of livestock.

Our main Hurricane headquarters for distribution of goods purchased by the Cattlemen’s Foundation and donated by others will remain the Arcadia Stockyard. In conjunction with the Sarasota County Cattlemen's Association, we are opening a second HQ location (to have one on each side of the swollen Peace River) in Myakka City at the Dakin Dairy on Betts Rd.

Folks needing assistance or planning on donating/coming to help please call our office at 407-846-6221. We are keeping accurate notes with name, location, and type of need so we can get to as many people as possible without sending fence or chainsaw teams to those that have already been assisted.


Hurricane Ian Relief needs:

  • Posts
  • Barbed Wire
  • Staples
  • Hay
  • Range Cubes
  • Chainsaw Bar Oil
  • Chainsaw Fuel
  • Donations to the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation
  • FENCE AND CHAINSAW TEAMS: We are receiving requests for assistance out of both the Arcadia and Myakka FCA Hurricane HQ's. Your help is needed. FCA Staff in Kissimmee is coordinating with leaders at both HQ's on the ground. You can be dispatched from either the Kissimmee office or either HQ. We are trying to make sure that we can help as many folks as needed and that we don't double up. We are getting to the point where we need boots on the ground, that need will only grow as the water recedes. If you go to Arcadia or Myakka City and work out of our Hurricane HQ's be prepared to rough it just in case.

Donations can be brought to either the Arcadia or Myakka City drop-off/pick-up locations.  Folks from North Florida can also drop off donated items at the Ocala Stockyard which will be directing supplies to the pick-up locations.



Animal Movement Letter & Waiver
Memorandum to County Emergency Management Offices and County ESF 17 Coordinators, Critical Agricultural Facility Access
Memorandum to ESF16 - Law Enforcement, Critical Agricultural Facility Access
Template Request for Access Letter from Dairy Company

From the Florida Department of Traffic

Regarding maps that provides status of road closures: reports on State roads only.

For county road status, it’s recommended to use, google maps, or check if your county provides an online map of road closures in county.  

Re-Opening of I-75 From Mile Marker 179 to 193 
FDOT Enforcement Bulletin (Read First)
FDOT Emergency Order
FDOT Emergency Road Use Permit Letter
FDOT I-75 closure
FDOT Emergency Order 5 (10-24-22)


FEMA Emergency Declaration

From the USDA

USDA FSA Hotline for Producers to Report Agricultural Losses/Damage 1-877-508-8364

USDA Extends Two Major Conservation Program Sign-up Deadlines in Florida As Hurricane Ian Impacts Florida Agriculture
FL FSA - Program Bulletin Update (10/4/22)- Hurricane Ian Recovery
Hurricane Insurance Protection - Wind Index (HIP-WI) Payment Indicator and Trigger Event Date for Hurricane Ian
Financial Assistance Opportunity for Florida Ag Landowners affected by Hurricane Ian

Postponed/Canceled Industry Events

  • Livestock Sales for the week of September 26th are canceled at the Livestock Markets located in Ocala, Arcadia, Okeechobee, and Webster. (Markets in Lakeland, Columbia County, and Madison are having their sales at the time of this posting. It may be wise to contact the markets directly for confirmation.)

  • Florida Cracker Cattle Gathering and Auction Postponed until October 28th and 29th, 2022. See letter.

  • Melvin Adams Farms Bred Heifer Sale Moved to October 7th, 2022.

  • UF/IFAS Extension Polk & Hillsborough Counties have elected to postpone the Pasture & Grazing Management Seminar that was scheduled for Thursday, September 29th, 2022.  Details will be provided as soon as a new date is set, we expect to reschedule for October.

  • Florida CattleWomen’s Ranch Tour at Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc is postponed.  We will provide details when a new date has been selected.

  • Meadows Creek 12th Annual Arcadia Black & White Bull Sale moved to October 28th at 1pm. See Flyer.

If you would like to inform the FCA of other Hurricane related news/cancelations/postponements please send that info to [email protected] and we will add that information to this page.