Hurricane Idalia caused more damage to agriculture than initially thought

Hurricane Idalia caused more damage to agriculture than initially thought.

In the second preliminary report, state officials reported up to $447 million in losses, with the biggest impacts seen in cattle, poultry and field crops. Earlier estimates were between $78-$370 million.

Industry leaders also reported overwhelming impacts to infrastructure, including destroyed fences and shade structures. Florida’s State Ag Commissioner says the industry will be supported to replant, to rebuild and to recover. State leaders want to see federal aid for farmers and ranchers before the looming government shutdown.


Cattle producers recently promoted U.S. beef on a trip to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
After years of drought, farmers across U.S. farm country are getting so much rainfall that it’s dampening their spring planting progress later into the season.
According to USDA experts, Brazil and Argentina’s large drop in corn production has more to do with the economics of corn markets than impacts from weather.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, no part of Iowa is experiencing extreme levels of drought for the first time in nearly two years.