Perdue Discusses Timber Destruction Following Hurricane Michael

Abbey Taylor Weather

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Bristol, Florida, today to host a listening session following Hurricane Michael. The biggest topic of the session was timber. Timber was severely impacted in the wrath of Michael, and the industry wants answers on how it can get help to rebuild. Hear what Perdue had to say after the session: After stopping in …

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Drought Monitor: Wet Harvest Continues Next Week

Dan Corn, Industry News Release, Soybeans, Weather

The U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update shows more wet weather ahead for the Midwest. Much of the Corn Belt received adequate or above needed moisture this growing season. However, pockets in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma were extremely dry. Recent rains have turned the tables, and much of the Midwest is experiencing wet harvest conditions. The Drought Monitor notes that a …

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NOAA Forecasts Mild Winter

Dan Industry News Release, Weather

Much of the U.S. can expect a mild winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency released its seasonal outlook this week that covers December 2018 through February 2019. The forecast expects mostly warmer-than-normal weather this winter for the western two-thirds of the country, with no areas of the U.S. expected to see prevalent cooler-than-normal conditions. …

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Putnam Continues to Meet with Agricultural Leaders to Assess Damage

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has been in regular communication with federal partners, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the agriculture industry to assess agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Michael. He met with agricultural leaders on the topic, and the Florida Forest Service is finalizing its analysis of damage to timber. “Recovery …

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USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

Dan Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Weather

To help residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance …

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Parnell Discusses Hurricane Michael Damage to Alabama Farms

Dan Alabama, Weather

Tuesday was a busy day at the 2018 Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. One of the attendees was Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. He talked with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman about the damage in the southeast corner of Alabama. Parnell Discusses Hurricane Michael Damage to Alabama Farms To help the state’s farmers recover from Hurricane Michael’s devastating effects, …

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UF Gives Update on Crop Damage in Florida

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

As of Oct. 15, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have begun gathering information they need to develop formal estimates of damages and crop losses Hurricane Michael inflicted upon agricultural and natural resources industries operating in Florida’s Panhandle. Dollar figures aren’t ready yet, but they’re on the way, said Alan Hodges, director of …

Hurricane Devastates Southeast Crops

Abbey Taylor Weather

When Hurricane Michael moved across the Florida Panhandle and into Southeast Alabama and Southwest through Central Georgia, it devastated many Southeast crops. As Tyron Spearman reports, officials note it will be weeks before total losses are known.

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Hurricane Michael Devastates Cotton Crop in Georgia

Taylor Hillman Cotton, Weather

On the afternoon/night of October 10th and the early hours of October 11th, Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on the southwest, central, and parts of east Georgia and took an exceptional toll on Georgia’s agricultural economy, especially the cotton crop.  Producers are reporting losses anywhere from 25% to a total loss, depending on location in the state, as well as structural …