Hurricane Michael wallops Georgia cotton, pecans and poultry

For Georgia farmers, Hurricane Michael is "the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recollection," said state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. More than 92 poultry barns, housing more than 2 million birds, were destroyed; cotton growers suffered massive losses; and pecan growers lost trees for the third year in a row to a hurricane.

Michael threatens Southeast’s crops and livestock

As Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday, farmers in the Southeast were still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence just weeks ago.

USDA calls referendum on pecan checkoff program

Pecan growers in 15 states nationwide will vote from March 9-30 on creating a checkoff program that would raise up to $8 million a year for research and promotion of the nut crop, according to a notice to appear today in the Federal Register.