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.


Congress has already approved more than $11 million for design work and $45 million for the first phase of construction, which is set to begin next month.
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