Calculating Agriculture Losses from Irma

posted by Rick Flagg -

State officials have come up with a preliminary estimate of agricultural losses in Florida due to Hurricane Irma.

It's a lot. 

Officials say the price tag, at this time, is running to around $2.5 billion.

Citrus was the big loser on this list with more than $760 million worth of destroyed fruit and damaged groves. 

Another $625 million worth of losses at greenhouses, nurseries and what's known as Floriculture. 

Number three on the list: the sugar industry with $382 million in damage. 

That's followed by forestry, beef cattle, fruits and veggies, field crops and dairy. 

State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the total so far of $2.5 billion is likely to increase as they account for loss of future production and the cost to rebuild infrastructure.

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