Farmers Try to Sort Out Hurricane Damage

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Oct. 06, 2022) — A week after Hurricane Ian stormed across Florida, farmers and ranchers continue waiting for flood waters to recede to get a full picture of the destruction to citrus groves and cattle operations. The storm killed at least 200 cows at a dairy farm in Myakka City, while beef cattle counts remain uncertain until herds can …

preliminary damage assessment

Florida Lawmakers to Free Up More Relief Money

Dan Economy, Florida, Legislative

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Oct. 05, 2022) — Florida lawmakers plan to pump more money into a new state disaster-relief fund, which Gov. Ron DeSantis has been running through to speed recovery from Hurricane Ian. House and Senate leaders announced Wednesday the Joint Legislative Budget Commission will hold an emergency meeting next week to release an additional $360 million into the Emergency Preparedness …


Hurricane Ian Devastates Southwest Florida Agriculture

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, Weather

Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) notes it is working with their members to assess the damage farmers and ranchers across the state suffered from Hurricane Ian in order determine their needs. Many are facing widespread destruction of crops, buildings, fencing and other property loss due to substantial wind and water damage. In the citrus belt, there has been significant fruit drop, …


Citrus Growers Face ‘Gamut of Damages’ from Hurricane Ian?

Dan Citrus, Economy, Weather

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Sept. 30, 2022) — As they begin to assess groves damaged by Hurricane Ian, Southwest Florida citrus growers are seeing conditions potentially worse than after Hurricane Irma, which played a key role in citrus production falling by more than one-third in 2017. Matt Joyner, executive vice president and CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, said Friday it might be more than …


Florida Citrus Industry Could Take Hit from Hurricane Ian

Dan Citrus, Weather

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Sept. 28, 2022) — Florida’s already-struggling citrus industry could take a hit from Hurricane Ian. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) said Wednesday that 375,000 acres of citrus groves could be affected by the massive hurricane, including 175,000 acres where hurricane-strength winds are expected and 200,000 acres likely to see tropical storm-force winds. “When hurricanes …


‘Real Deal’ Hurricane Ian Set to Slam Florida

Dan Florida, Weather

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE/Sept. 28, 2022) — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday morning the time for Southwest Florida residents to evacuate had passed, as Hurricane Ian approached the Gulf Coast as a nearly Category 5 storm. Track Hurricane Ian. “This one has just strengthened and strengthened, and it is the real deal,” DeSantis said during a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center …