Hurricane Irma path 'lethal' to Florida crops, state official says

Article Posted on September 18, 2017

By: Tamara Lush, Sun Sentinel

Florida's agriculture commissioner said Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented.

Florida crops took between 80 and 90 percent losses in parts of the state after Hurricane Irma flattened greenhouses, toppled trees and flooded pastures as it tore through the state’s most fruitful regions, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday.

Shoppers should expect some temporary spikes in the price of certain items at the grocery store, such as orange juice and tomatoes, said Ron Rice, director of the University of Florida/ Palm Beach County extension office…

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