Poultry death toll from Florence climbs, could go higher

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Hurricane Florence and its aftermath has killed an estimated 4.1 million birds and the toll could increase as recovery efforts continue, according to North Carolina agriculture officials.

The new total as of Sept. 23 is 21 percent higher than the 3.4 million poultry estimated last week to have been killed by Florence and subsequent flooding, reported the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS).

The total represents results from 57 farms and 211 poultry houses in North Carolina and the figure could increase as producers and companies expand their recovery efforts, including debris removal programs already under way, the agency added. The estimated losses of hogs remained at 5,500 swine as reported by agency officials last week.

The NCDA&CS also issued a warning that individuals or organizations are trying to take advantage of the disaster by offering affected farms “operational recovery assistance” authorized by the “South Carolina state government.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has opened business recovery centers in North Carolina to help provide disaster loans and answer questions on completing SBA loan applications, the NCDA&CS said in a separate news release.


Source:  meatingplace.com, 9-25-18

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