The Florida Department of Agriculture announced this week that total economic damage from Hurricane Ian is estimated between $1.18 and $1.89 billion. Between losses to agricultural crops and infrastructure, a preliminary loss assessment is the first step the state can take in trying to get federal disaster aid for affected producers.
Breaking down the total losses into categories, approximately $676 million is for citrus fruit loss and tree loss, $231 million is for other fruit and vegetable losses and $160 million is for row crop losses. Animal agricultural losses were tallied at $492 million.
USDA’s next citrus production report is scheduled to be released on December 9 and will reflect the losses endured by Florida, further shedding light and the toll the storm has taken on Florida producers.
Read more on Hurricane Ian’s impact on Florida agriculture here.
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