Before disaster strikes, ReadyAG can help farmers and ranchers plan and prepare to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all types of damaging incidents. ReadyAG is designed to help identify vulnerabilities and prioritize actions to make agricultural operations more resilient and sustainable in the face of adversity.

ReadyAG begins with a general preparedness assessment then has commodity-specific sections including cattle, crops, dairy, fruit and vegetable, swine, and poultry. The assessments can be filled out online and will automatically populate a customized action plan to address items identified as vulnerabilities with a high priority to mitigate.

Farmers and ranchers who access the ReadyAG workbook will be encouraged to take the following steps:

• Identify vulnerable areas of production and management.

• Prioritize areas to strengthen.

• Create an action plan specific for an operation.

• Develop an accurate inventory of assets.

• Identify and engage local critical services.

• Find additional helpful resources.

Click hereto access the ReadyAG workbook.

The project was funded by a USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (now theNational Institute of Food and Agriculture) Special Needs project. Extension faculty and staff fromCornell University,Oklahoma State University,Rutgers– the State University of New Jersey,Pennsylvania State University,University of Vermont,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, andUniversity of Marylandcontributed to the development of the ReadyAG assessment. end_mark

—From Penn State Cooperative Extension news release