Hurricane Michael's damage to Georgian agriculture could reach nearly $ 3 billion, according to new government estimates.
"These are generation losses that require unprecedented ideas and action to help our peasant families and rural communities recover," said Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black in a statement.
Wood damage alone is estimated at 1 billion because about 1 million acres were destroyed, showing state numbers. Cotton, peanuts, pecans, vegetables and poultry were hit hard, too.
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"Unfortunately, our worst thoughts have been realized," said Black. "We have seen months and sometimes years of work laid on the ground in a matter of seconds Georgia has long been in the production of several reputable raw materials, and now we have the dubious distinction that also results in the devastation and incredible loss of these prominent crops leader. "
The theme will become political amid the tight and heated governor of the state. Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who was greeted with "Farmers For Kemp" marks earlier this month on his tour of southern and central Georgia, was warmly supported by Vice President Mike Pence during a tour of damaged areas this week. His campaign expressed Democrat Stacey Abram's comment that "people in Georgia should not be forced to go to agriculture or hospitality in Georgia to make a living in Georgia" during a campaign in Statesboro this week [1
None of the farmers the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to on Wednesday even started policy. They are too busy investigating damage and figuring out how to proceed.
"This will probably put us out of business," said Bainbridge farmer Eric Cohen. "Farming is the heartbeat of South Georgia, it's not just us, it's the guys who sell guns, it's the clothing stores, the jewelry shops, the wood industry, look what it's going to do with it."
Greg Calhoun is Unable to come to all the acreage in Miller, Decatur, Seminole, Baker, and Early Counties, but he knows it's bad
"This will not be a short-term solution, it will take years," he said he. His family works as long as he can remember. He can not remember a storm that is so devastating.
"The only thing I've seen is maybe Puerto Rico, on TV," he said, referring to Hurricane Maria. "Everything is broken."
Eric Cohen from Bainbridge has been farming for 18 years. He recalls the hustle and bustle of Hurricane Kate who hit the Florida Panhandle category 2 in 1985. He was 7 at the time and came into play during the cleanup work in his father's pecan gardens.
"It was the storm we always feared, I vividly remember it," he said. "This one was 10 times worse."