Tour of Hurricane Katrina Damage to Agricultural Concerns in South Florida

Tour of Hurricane Katrina Damage to Agricultural Concerns in South Florida

Touring damaged nursery

On August 31, 2005, officials from state, federal and local agencies toured the August 25th damage from Hurricane Katrina. At the time it came ashore in south Florida, Hurricane Katrina was classified as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 80 mph. The estimated $700 million in damage was to agricultural interests in Miami-Dade County.

 Officials discuss damage

The tour, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, included visits to five nurseries and farms in and around Florida City.

Left to right - Niles Glasgow, NRCS State Conservationist, Bill Hunt, President of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and Charles Bronson, Florida Agricultural Commissioner, look at damage from Hurricane Katrina at Costa Nurseryin Miami-Dade County.

4 pictures of damage to nurseries

Much of the destruction was to shade structures, fruit trees and fields.  Plants in nurseries were overturned and destroyed and fields and nursery grounds flooded. (Left)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is asking for Emergency Watershed Protection funds to clean debris from canals and waterways in the aftermath of this storm.
Niles Glasgow answers questions at press conference

Niles Glasgow, State Conservationist, speaks at the press conference regarding NRCS assistance to Florida agricultural producers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

NRCS employees discuss damage

NRCS employees discuss damage. Left to right - Christine Coffin, District Conservationist, Florida City, Niles Glasgow, State Conservationist, and Jeff Schmidt, Area Conservationist.


Jesse Wilson, State Conservation Engineer, 352-338-9557

Bob Stobaugh, Public Affairs Specialist, (352)