In a bid to assess the damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, the National Cotton Council (NCC) is encouraging Southeast cotton growers to provide information on any effects to their farming operation or business.
Hurricane Florence hit the US mid-September, causing severe damage to the Carolinas, primarily as a result of flooding. A month later, Hurricane Michael tore through the southeastern US as one of the most powerful storms in decades.
The NCC is now asking farmers and business owners to provide information on whether any storm damage was incurred from the hurricanes, their location, and a brief summary of the crop losses.
Information is also sought on the costs of production. Business owners are being asked to specify the total production costs in $/acre invested in the crop up to this point, as well as any other damage to crops, farm structures, equipment or infrastructure. Downstream impacts, either in physical damage or economic losses, to gins, warehouses and other cotton-related business are also requested.
The reporting is confidential, and names of individual producers, farming operations or other businesses are not requested on the form.