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Extensions Granted For Producers Impacted By Hurricanes

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USDA has announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is authorizing emergency procedures on a case-by-case basis to assist impacted borrowers, livestock owners, contract growers, and other producers. Also, because of the severe and …

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Producers Affected by Hurricanes Granted Extra Time on Claims

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, USDA will provide additional flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers. “The impact is shocking and …

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Putnam Says Citrus Industry Hard Hit by Irma

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Florida’s already-struggling citrus industry “suffered serious and devastating losses” in Hurricane Irma, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday after an aerial tour of groves in central and southwest parts of the state. “It’s still too early to know the full extent of the damage to Florida citrus,” Putnam said in a prepared statement. “But after touring groves on foot and …

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Update from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma

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Work continues to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma to crops in parts of Georgia. Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman was able to get an update from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black concerning the damage and also found out that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Georgia later this week to tour some of the areas affected. …

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Hurricane Impacts on Cotton Crop Better Known Next Month

Taylor Hillman Cotton, Weather

USDA’s September crop production report was released Tuesday, but information for that report was collected well before Hurricane Irma made its way through the Southeast. USDA staff will soon be collecting more data on crops in states impacted by the recent hurricanes, and according to this report from Rod Bain, those updates will be for use in the October crop …

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USDA Providing Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Irma

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind farmers and ranchers and those who reside in rural communities impacted Hurricane Irma, they have programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “In recent weeks, millions of Americans have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” He said, “USDA employees have been working tirelessly …

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Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma

Taylor Hillman Alabama, Weather

Hurricane Irma did spread rain and wind across a large part of Alabama, but it was the eastern side of the state that was affected the most. Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan about the storm and how his state fared. 09-12-17 Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma

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Possibility of Irma Special Session in Florida

Taylor Hillman Florida, Weather

Saying Hurricane Irma’s “impacts will be devastating and the recovery efforts will be considerable,” Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent an email to House members last Friday raising the possibility of a post-storm special session. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, Corcoran said in the email, “In the weeks following Irma, should any recovery efforts require …

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Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture on Irma Impact

Taylor Hillman Georgia, Weather

While Hurricane Irma’s effects were felt in parts of Georgia, it was downgraded to tropical storm status as it moved across the Florida-Georgia line. But in a phone call with Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says early reports indicate the hurricane has affected many aspects of agriculture in the state. 09-11-17 Georgia Commissioner of Ag …