Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Meets to Discuss Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting this morning in Tallahassee to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Led by chairwoman Denise Grimsley, the committee listened to growers, and industry leaders from different agriculture sectors, as they explained the damage on their own farms and farms across the state. The meeting featured two sets of panels of fruit and vegetable …


Commissioner Putnam Releases Estimate on Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Cattle, Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline as policymakers create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. Right now, …

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Senate Ag Committee to Hold Meeting about Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Florida, Weather

Florida’s Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a meeting Thursday morning in Tallahassee to discuss agricultural damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma tore through the heart of Florida agriculture, leaving many growers to deal with devastation on their farms. Due to the immense amount of damage caused by Irma, it is expected to play a key role in the 2018 legislative session. …

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Irma’s Rainfall Helps Georgia Peanut Growers

Abbey Taylor Peanuts, Weather

By Jaci Schreckengost While some crops like pecans and cotton suffered serious losses from Hurricane Irma, the additional rainfall actually brought benefits to many Georgia peanut growers. Tim Brenneman, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Georgia, says the 4 to 6 inches of rainfall received from Hurricane Irma were particularly beneficial to the later-planted dryland peanuts that …


CME Analysis Warns of La Niña Risks

Dan Industry News Release, Weather

An analysis by CME Groups says the La Niña weather phenomenon may be coming back for real this time, after a head fake last year. La Niña is associated with cooler, wetter conditions along the U.S.-Canadian border, warmer, drier conditions in much of the southern United States, and impacts weather patterns worldwide. CME Group Senior Economist Erik Norland says past …


Irma Storm Damage?

Josh McGill USDA-NRCS, Weather

Federal Program Provides Help Release from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from …


Above Normal Temperatures Through the End of 2017

Dan Industry News Release, Weather

The National Weather Service is calling for above normal temperatures in the contiguous – U.S. over the last three months of 2017. The National Weather Service says the greatest chance of warmth comes in the Four Corners Region between October and December. This could possibly mean areas to the east may need some springtime rains to be ready for the …


Officials Survey Hurricane Damage in Florida

Abbey Taylor Florida, Weather

On September 18, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Congressman Tom Rooney ad Senator Marco Rubio flew in a helicopter to get an aerial view of farm damage from Hurricane Irma. Described by Rubio as an “agriculture catastrophe,” the storm ravished many Florida crops. Since many Florida vegetables were not in the ground yet, they …