Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike
ATLANTA (AP) — When Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia’s red clay, it also brought the prospect of hard times to rural areas that depend on agriculture.
Farmers say south Georgia is in for a long-lasting struggle that will be felt in many of the region’s small communities.
Cotton farmer Ron Lee says the storm struck at the worst-possible time. Only a small part of Georgia’s cotton crop had been harvested when it hit, Oct 10.
Statewide, officials estimate Georgia’s cotton crop sustained $550 to $600 million in damage from the storm.
Meanwhile, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said the state’s pecan crop took a $560 million hit.
On week after the storm, he said Michael’s overall damage to Georgia agriculture amounted to nearly $3 billion.