Michael Hurricane eliminates 95 percent of Florida cotton crops (Photo: Courtesy of the Georgia Farm Bureau)
Hurricane Michael will go north of Florida for years to come, according to five farmers who update the damage given to the Seanad panel on Monday.
Michael just hit wood strands, tomatoes and cotton bars ready for autumn. Wind at 150 mph created a snow landscape of cotton debris. Hundreds of thousands of acres of trees, worth $ 1.2 billion, were doubled and crossed and left to decompose the storm when they dropped.
"Pine tree is about 15-20 years before it goes into market," Mr said. George Gainer, R-Panama City. "We've seen a long time the landscape we had for six months ago."
Destroy the torrential growth of grass, corn and vegetable. The wind, as described as a tornado, is 60 miles wide, shovels and hedgerows.
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"There is no dry storage in Jackson County. And there is no one to buy," Mack Glass announced his farms outside Marianna, to the Agriculture Committee.
The October storm hit the radio. It was not found that the report of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture was missing a "significant number" of beef cattle, deer, horses, oats and chickens.
Although the damage to plants is easier to calculate.
Jackson County lost 95 percent of the 45,000 acres of cotton in the area and about 70 percent of the peanuts, a cotton-barred bar.
Mr. Ben Albritton, R-Bartow, asked the group how the state could help.
"We still do not know what the need is for this year or two," said Steve Basford, but he and the others said that if there is no help this year, farmers will be forced to produce.
They said that farmers need to get money through the year. Their recommendations included sales tax exemptions on other tractors, hedgerows and farming equipment – in particular irrigation infrastructure.
"You can lose the top without irrigation," said Jeff Pittman about farming in the sandy soil of northern Florida.
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When they lost their crops in October they lost the money to run their farms in 2019. When trying to prepare their land for the upcoming planting season, they have extra costs for fast systems, livestock and irrigation.
Pittman praised a bridge loan for farmers in the eight topmost counties. He said a low interest loan would drop over 10 years farmers with 1,000 acres or less back on their feet.
"They're really struggling," said Pittman of the small farmers involved. "Eighty percent of the producers are under the category we are talking about. The program (bridge) would help those people."
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