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Texas agricultural losses from Hurricane Harvey estimated at more than $200 million

Staff Writer |
Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $200 million in agricultural losses as it flooded farm fields and washed cattle from ranches, according to a Texas A&M University analysis.

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Worst hit was the state’s small-but-thriving cotton belt along the Upper Gulf Coast, which sustained an estimated $100 million in losses.

Livestock losses, estimated at $93 million, were a close second.

The analysis is the first official attempt to calculate Harvey’s damage to the state’s agriculture industry.

Since Harvey made landfall August 25, stories have abounded of drowned cattle, decimated cotton fields and ravaged farm infrastructure.

But Harvey’s agricultural losses are a shadow of those caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008 (estimated at $960 million) and Hurricane Irma, which leveled Florida’s citrus groves and other crop fields in September to the tune of $2.3 billion.

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