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Irma Does Billions in Damage

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By Fadi Didi

Hurricane Irma is blamed for over 2.5 billion dollars in damage to Florida's AG industry.


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Hurricane Irma is blamed for over 2.5 billion dollars in damage to Florida's AG industry.

State officials say Irma wiped out more than $760 million as it roared through orange groves.

The losses for beef herds totalled $237 million and for dairy farmers some $12 million.

The preliminary assessment was released by the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.

Orange groves were covered with up to three feet of water during the Hurricane.

Officials say a lot of the fruit was young, and it is now too late in the season for a new crop.

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The United States will be putting all its cards on the table when the negotiators meet for the next round of talks to revamp NAFTA.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue says they will include asking for greater access to the Canadian poultry and dairy markets.

Hinting that the first three rounds of talks didn't accomplish much, Perdue is quoted as saying the administration now will lay some things on the table in this next round.



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