The agriculture industry in North Carolina is suffering major losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. At least one-point-seven million chickens have been lost. The Tar Heel State produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state in the nation and both are at risk because of rising floodwaters. Tobacco is a 724-million-dollar industry for the state while sweet potatoes generate nearly 350-million-dollars in crop value. Sixty of the state’s 880 broiler houses have flooded which led to most of the losses in chickens. Butterball is based in Garner, North Carolina and said it is currently trying to determine the impact Florence had on its turkeys.
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