Farmers still recovering from Hurricane Michael

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 4:40 PM CDT
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Thousands of people were affected by Hurricane Michael and farmers lost not only their crops but thousands of dollars.

Cotton was at it's most vulnerable state October 10th, 2018, and farmers lost anywhere from 40 to 100 percent of their crop.

Agriculture is the number one revenue generator for the state of Alabama, producing one billion dollars from cattle, poultry, timber, and crops.

Studies from the Wiregrass Extension team showed over 100 million dollars was lost just in the cotton industry.

The crop insurance will not cover all of the damages and they are still waiting on any type of disaster relief aide.

"And the federal disaster aide has been appropriated but it hasn't been administered and there are some concerns on how it should be administered to provide some respectable relief to our farmers," extension agronomist for Southeast Alabama, William Birdsong said.

Birdsong said some farmers lost up to $700,000.