After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

Article Posted on September 21, 2017

By: Susan Salisbury, Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened, and power poles and lines down.

This week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney viewed the damage aboard a pair of Florida Forest Service helicopters. They met with farmers in Clewiston to see the Irma’s damage and spoke with citrus, daily and sugar producers…

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