Hurricane Michael devastated 11 Florida counties, leaving millions of dollars in damages to the state’s agriculture industry. GB Crawford, Florida Farm Bureau public relations director, explained in a recent Newsline that the initial crop damage estimates, more than $150 million, will go up as the recovery advances.
“The initial estimates that we have place the crop losses to farmers and ranchers at a minimum of $158 million,” Crawford said. “But, I can assure you that this figure is subject to change as more detailed information becomes available. The final tally will likely be substantially higher.”
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences estimated storm damages totaling $39 million for horticulture, $22 million for peanut crops, $9 million for vegetables and melons and $5 million for field corn. Farmers are facing rural infrastructure damage as well.