Hurricane Michael leaves local farmers in trouble with their crops

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 14:41:28-04

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - The agriculture industry took a major hit after Hurricane Michael, leaving many farmers in trouble with their crops. 

Ricky Dollison is a farmer in Poulan who like many others, is looking for help

after Hurricane Michael ripped through his cotton crop, and caused him to loose his pigs. 

"There are some programs here, I'm hoping that will help me recover a little of my loss," said Dollison. 

He's somewhat optimistic about recovering, unlike Stephen Houston. The Seminole County farmer says his loss is indescribable. 

"I've been farming on my own for almost 25 years and in a matter of about four hours, I lost anywhere from 6 to 750,000 and there is no way to really recoup that," said Houston. "I definitely grew up farming and I hope I'm going to be able to continue." 

Houston said his expenses will go through the roof having to harvest on top of whatever is left. 

"Then in the farming business we have to borrow all of our money up front so I have a considerable amount of debt," said Houston. 

They say they'll look at what's available, but for some, the hurt will never go away. 

The resources provided at Monday's session will be available online for farmers who were unable to attend.