Hurricane Michael may cost Alabama farmers $204 millionRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 25 2018 9:09 AM
NOTE: The following article was written by AL.com
In Houston County, Houston County Commissioner Doug Sinquefield, Alabama State Representative Paul Lee, Donnie Chesteen, Dexter Grimsley and Steve Clouse, Alabama Senator Harri Anne Smith along with Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah and Alabama Emergency Management Director Brian Hastings have been working around the clock for help with the farmers. Joining them in their quest has also been United States Representative Martha Roby.
There are a lot of federal factors that weigh into declarations that trigger certain help. And the ones mentioned have been working very hard for all residents, but also most especially the farming community. They see and know this has hit the farmers hard.
Houston County Commissioner Doug Sinquefield has rode this county all over, seen with his own eyes the farm damage, and has worked with the others in turning every stone possible.
FARMERS: you have a strong team fighting for you.
When Hurricane Michael tore through southeast Alabama earlier this month, what was expected to be a banner year of crops turned into potentially devastating financial losses for farmers in eight Alabama counties.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System estimates the storm caused $204 million in agriculture damage in Alabama, with cotton and timber taking the heaviest losses.
Here's a look at what crops and areas were impacted the most.
Houston County took the brunt of Michael's damage in Alabama and it shows in the early estimates.
Houston County damage estimates are more than $101 million, almost half the state total. Cotton, timber and other crops were heavily impacted.
Geneva County was next with almost $39 million and Henry County had just over $30 million in estimated damages.
More than half the damage caused by Michael came to the state's cotton crop, with about $107.7 million in damages and counting.
The Extension is still asking farmers to submit damage reports through its web site and the totals may climb even higher.