Important Information Regarding 2023 Hurricane Season

DONATE HERE: Florida Cattlemen's Foundation Disaster Relief Efforts


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

In the event of a significant impact on the Florida cattle industry. Folks needing assistance or planning on donating/coming to help please call our office at 407-846-6221. We keep 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.


Normal Hurricane 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: FCA Staff in Kissimmee will coordinate with leaders at disaster HQ's on the ground. You can be dispatched from either the Kissimmee office or area HQ. We try to make sure that we can help as many folks as needed and that we don't double up. If we get to the point where we need boots on the ground, that need will only grow as the water recedes. If you go to work out of our Hurricane HQ's be prepared to rough it just in case.


Jim Handley, Executive Vice-President, 407 466-3211
Dusty Holley, Director of Field Services, 863-287-8591
Billy Bigham, District 1, 850-718-7294
Josh Churchwell, District 2, 813-967-5176
Barney Cherry, District 3, 863-559-4455
Flint Johns, District 4, 863-634-2698
Liesa Priddy, District 5, 239-289-0065
Dan Smith, At-Large, 863-781-0206
Pat Durden, President, 850-519-0896
Dale Carlton, President-Elect, 863-781-0294
Rick Moyer, 1st Vice-President, 352-427-0988
John Williamson, 2nd Vice-President, 863-634-2701
Stephen 'Beaver' Yoder, Treasurer, 850-899-6173
George Kempfer, Secretary, 321-288-7469
Wes Carlton, Immediate Past Pres., 772-216-4881

SART Livestock Assistance, 863-993-5460


Ag disaster impact  (

From Gov. Ron DeSantis

Executive Order 23-175 (Amending Executive Order 23-171, Emergency Management - Hurricane Idalia)


Animal Movement Waiver

Animal Transport Emergency Order

Critical Agricultural Facility Access

Critical Ag Facility Access Letter Template (Dairy)

Animal Health Needs Assessment

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer-term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources. $100,000 higher limit for agricultural small businesses; and $5 million set aside for agricultural small businesses. Loans made under this program are short-term, personal loans using State of Florida funds – they are not grants and must be repaid. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant. Owners may utilize funding from longer-term financial resources, such as U.S. Small Business Administration economic injury disaster loans, to repay the Emergency Bridge Loan.

County Add Ons

Cost-Share Assistance for Agricultural Producers Impacted by Hurricane Idalia 

Disaster Recovery Centers schedule, as of 9-11-23, where individuals can go to seek information and apply for federal disaster assistance programs for their recovery.  Reminder- all are subject to change.


Access Coordination Request

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.  

Enforcement Bulletin 2023-001 (Emergency road use)

FDOT Emergency Order 23-06 (weight restrictions lifted)

FDOT Emergency Order 23-09 (size and weight limit waiver has been extended to expire on October 25, 2023)


Farmers Recovery Center

(On Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:00pm, a Farmers Recovery Center that was originally scheduled at the Dixie County Public Library at 16328 SE US-19 in Cross City will be relocated to the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion at 17851 NW 90th Ave, Fanning Springs.At the Farmers Recovery Center, you can learn about disaster assistance programs available for farmers. You will be able to meet with representatives from USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA – Rural Development and U.S. Small Business Administration.)


From the FDOH

From the USDA

For producers that experience losses and/or damages due to Hurricane Idalia, please share the following information to report to the Farm Service Agency:

For Hurricane Idalia assistance please call the FSA Producer Hotline:  1-877-508-8364 M-F 8am-8pm or send an email to the FSA disaster group inbox at [email protected]  – please indicate the county of loss in the Subject Line – emails sent to the disaster group inbox will receive an auto reply acknowledging receipt.


Emergency Disaster Programs Administered by the Farm Service Agency

Work Log

ECP Payment Documentation

FSA Hurricane Info

NRCS Florida News Release: Hurricane Idalia Emergency Assistance

Postponed/Canceled Industry Events

  • Okeechobee Livestock Market: Closed on Tuesday, August 29th due to hurricane Idalia
  • Arcadia Stockyard: Closed Wednesday, August 30th due to hurricane Idalia

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.