Lucrative crops that account for about $2 billion of the Georgia economy were completely destroyed as a result of Hurricane Michael, reports.
According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, 5 percent of pecan crops, 15 percent of cotton crops, 30 percent of vegetables, and 50 percent of peanuts had already been harvested. Hurricane Michael, a category 4 storm that , wiped out crops all over the southeast of Georgia.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, told state officials that the federal government would help to restore the businesses after the storm passes, reports.
“The full support of the USDA, the team work and the partnership is unquestioned,” the state agriculture commissioner, Gary Black, said Wednesday. “Right now, we’re not in a position to even know what we need.”
But even with the promise that help is on the way, farmers are feeling devastated over the loss of their crops. On social media, a farmer from North Carolina shared that the storm did not just affect Georgia's lands, but them, too.
Winterpast Farm, a ten acre family farm and animal sanctuary from Wake Forest, North Carolina, wrote on Instagram, "Winterpast Farm lost internet so this is posting now from last night while Farmer Mary is at Starbucks right now using the internet...Hurricane Michael has already done more damage than Hurricane Florence! Hoping the next hour of wind won’t cause more."
Georgia Grown, a program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, shared before and after photos of a local farm.
"For me, the #cotton #crop is as bad as it gets," cotton farmer and State Representative Clay Pirkle said. "I was picking three-bale cotton yesterday, today it is gone. Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't."