FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Office of Communications
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black Issues Statement on Latest Georgia Forestry Commission’s Estimation of $762,683,909 in Losses from Hurricane Michael
"We knew that the damage estimates from Hurricane Michael would be fluid and difficult to pinpoint. That has certainly been the case regarding the forestry numbers, with the latest estimates from the Georgia Forestry Commission establishing timbers losses well over $762 million. Unfortunately for our forestry community, this number went in the wrong direction and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the industry for years to come. As more information continues to be gathered regarding Hurricane Michael's impact on Georgia's diverse agricultural economy, we will continue to pray and work for all the communities impacted by this catastrophic storm."
For the latest on the Georgia Department of Agriculture's hurricane response efforts, visit agr.georgia.gov/gda-hurricane-response.aspx.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.