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Alabama agriculture damage tops $200 million

Oct 25, 2018 at 07:06 AM CST

DOTHAN - Hurricane Michael caused more than $200 million in agriculture damage across Southeastern Alabama, dealing a severe blow to farmers still uncertain about what disaster assistance may come their way.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System estimates about $100 million in damage occurred in Houston County alone, primarily to cotton crops, but also peanuts, poultry, livestock, fruit, vegetables, and timber.

“The storm affected every portion of Wiregrass agriculture,” Alabama Cooperative Extension Director Gary Lemme said.

The estimates derived from Alabama Extension professionals who spent the days after the storm evaluating losses in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell counties.