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Is canned food safe to eat after a flood or storm?

Discard metal cans if waters contain chemical waste. Otherwise, examine cans and destroy ones that are swollen, leaking, dented on the seams, or badly dented anywhere. If the can is rusty, wipe off the rust if you can and disinfect the cans by the following methods:

  • Remove and throw away labels (keep track of what is in the cans)
  • Wash cans in hot, soapy water.
  • Rinse cans in chlorine disinfecting solution (2 cup household bleach/dishpan of warm water).
  • Rinse in clear water.
  • Let cans air dry.
  • Relabel cans.
  • Use as soon as possible.
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Water stands in a corn field
Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Disaster Response June 24, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- MSU Extension agents will be assessing agricultural damage from early-June flooding until well into July, but preliminary estimates indicate losses could break records.

The 2019 Yazoo Backwater Area flood caused $617 million in crop damage alone. It looks like the more recent flood will exceed those losses.

Heavy rainfall, primarily north of U.S. Highway 82, throughout the second week of June waterlogged crops during critical growth stages. Flooding caused complete or partial losses in many fields.

A pivot irrigation system stands in algae-covered water in a flooded field with farm buildings in the distance.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Disaster Response, Economic Development May 21, 2020

A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year.

An overhead view of trees damaged by tornadoes.
Filed Under: Disaster Response, Coronavirus, Forestry, Forestry Impacts April 16, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of Kim Hancock’s routine jobs is assisting 4-H’ers in Jones County with their livestock projects. On Easter Sunday, she was helping some of those same young people and their families sort through the rubble of what was once their homes.

Thirty-two counties in Mississippi reported damage from a tornado outbreak April 12 that resulted in 12 fatalities, many injuries and catastrophic destruction to residential, commercial and agricultural property.

Metal roofs of poultry houses lie on the ground in rows amid twisted metal and debris.
Filed Under: Poultry, Disaster Response April 13, 2020

Tornadoes and damaging storms that swept through the state Easter Sunday afternoon and evening, killing 11 Mississippians also caused devastating losses to growers in the poultry industry.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Community, Disaster Response October 7, 2019

A post-flood recovery meeting on Oct. 22 will help tie up some loose ends with information on agronomic and financial considerations for land that was flooded this year.

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