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Agriculture taking a hit from Hurricane Michael

COLUMBUS, GA (WRBL) - Georgia farmers are also taking a major hit from the Hurricane. 

In a news release, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says crops, animals, and infrastructure have taken a substantial loss.

Black says poultry contributes $23 billion to Georgia's economy and has reported the most widespread power outages and loss. 

He says 84 chicken houses, estimated to have held more than two million chicken have been destroyed. 

The farms, dairies and processing plants impacted were in Appling, Colquitt, Coffee, Decatur,  Evans, Houston, Mitchell, Randolph, Lee and Wilcox counties. 

"I have seen pictures this morning of cotton that was being harvested yesterday. Today, you cannot tell where he stopped harvest and where the rest of it was harvested by the storm," Black says. 

The Georgia Department of Agriculture says the state's main cash crops: cotton, pecans, and peanuts have been devastated with an estimated $2 billion worth of damage to the state's economy. 

 

 

 


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