Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Dairy producers in Florida still fighting impacts of Hurricane Irma

Irma hit the Florida peninsula almost ten months ago, causing heavy damage to many farms in the region. Producers are slowly recovering from the impacts of the winds and flood, but dairy farmers have been slow to benefit because of a clause in the recovery legislation which barred dairy farmers from recouping losses since milk is not considered a “crop”. You can read more at Southeast Ag Net at http://southeastagnet.com/2018/07/10/dairy-farmers-still-fighting-for-relief-dollars/.

This barn at C&M Rucks Dairy outside Okeechobee shows just a fraction of the aftermath Florida dairy producers are dealing with.
Photo by Colleen Larson, University of Florida Extension