The Department of Agriculture is ready to respond to Hurricane Michael. The department this week reiterated its commitment to rural communities that may be impacted by the Hurricane, saying state and county offices stand ready and eager to help. Hurricane Michael began landfall in the Florida panhandle region Wednesday and was expected to impact Georgia, along with the Carolinas, where farmers are still assessing damages from Hurricane Florence. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the federal response to support the affected states. Meanwhile, USDA’s Forest Service coordinates the response of interagency firefighting personnel, equipment, and supplies mobilized in support of FEMA’s response efforts. USDA recently launched a disaster assistance discovery tool through its new website Farmers.gov that walks producers through five questions to help them identify personalized results of which USDA disaster assistance programs can help them recover after a natural disaster.