One of the most persistent impacts of Hurricane Laura on the central US is the continued loss of electricity in many areas. Rice farmers are feeling this doubly, since many rice storage bins were damaged by tbe winds and now dryers are not available to keep the grain’s moisture low. The result may be more losses to the farmers in the days after the storm, much as peanut growers in the Southeast suffered after Hurricane Michael destroyed many storage facilities and processing plants. Impacts are not one-and-done, but linger for months and sometimes years after the weather event that started it. You can see some photos of the damage at Farm Press at

US long grain rice. Source: USDA
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