How Secure is Your Farm or Ranch?
ReadyAG©: Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture workbook is made up of a series of disaster preparedness and general planning questions that will lead farmers and ranchers through the majority of functions of their agricultural operation.
By taking a critical look at each of the questions in various categories, farmers and ranchers can determine what should be done to help them become better prepared for any disastrous event that could disrupt their agricultural operation. The investment of time and resources to plan and prepare are significantly less than the cost of a disaster to those who are not prepared.
ReadyAG©: Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture Workbook:
The complete ReadyAG© workbook includes the GENERAL section for all producers of any agricultural commodity and individual sections for:
GENERAL and commodity specific workbook questions are divided into four categories.
- Facilities and Materials - includes questions about the structures, equipment, supplies, and other real property associated with your farm enterprise (buildings, roads, fields, orchards, animal areas, chemicals, vehicles, machinery, water, etc).
- People - includes questions about anyone who has access, provides some service, works for you, or otherwise moves onto and from your agricultural enterprise (employees, family members, service personnel, sales persons, delivery people, veterinarians, consultants, Extension educators, customers, the general public, invited and uninvited visitors).
- Planning and Practice - includes questions on the day-to-day activities, routine functions, and efforts that occur only at certain times such as harvest or shipment of animals to market.
- Review and Update - includes questions concerning items that should be checked, reviewed, and updated regularly (insurance, inventories, training, contact lists, plans, etc.).
The ReadyAG© workbook includes instructions, questions in the GENERAL section and questions in all of the commodity sections, an Action Plan, an Emergency Telephone List, an Inventory List, Farm or Ranch Maps Information, References and Additional Resources, and the Producer Survey.
ReadyAG©Workbook with Agricultural Commodity Sections:
Each of the Agricultural Commodity Sections includes the GENERAL section, instructions for using the workbook, questions in the selected commodity section plus the GENERAL section, an Action Plan, an Emergency Telephone List, an Inventory List, Farm or Ranch Maps information, References and Additional Resources list, and the Producer Survey.
Select the links below to Download and/or print a copy of each workbook OR to complete the ReadyAG© workbook questions on-line and have your responses automatically placed on an Action Plan for you.
|GENERAL, the complete version that includes all Commodities
ReadyAG© - Action Plan
ReadyAG© - Emergency Telephone List
ReadyAG© - Inventory Lists
ReadyAG© - References and Additional Resources
ReadyAG© - Producer Survey
Farm and ranch operations can never be totally without risk from disastrous situations or events. However, by using the information in a completed ReadyAG© workbook Action Plan, and identifying specific areas of an agricultural operation that can be changed to reduce the level of risk, farmers and ranchers will increase their ability to stay in business during and after a disaster. This process is never completed. All aspects of a farm or ranch operation should be reviewed regularly, at least once a year – many items will need more frequent attention, such as emergency generators, inventories, health management practices, etc.