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Updated: 10/12/2017 08:30:02AM

Ag losses from Irma exceed $2.5 billion in Florida

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FILE PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
The beef cattle industry suffered more than $237 million in damages due to Hurricane Irma, said Adam Putman of the FLorida Department of Agriculture.

PHOTO BY MONICA OZORES-HAMPTON
This citrus grove in Southwest Florida was left swamped by Hurricane Irma.

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said last week the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion.

In an initial report, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimated losses for each segment of agriculture. The preliminary economic assessments account for: current crop losses and ancillary losses, such as debris cleanup, damaged infrastructure, and animals’ long-term welfare affected by Hurricane Irma.

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