Florida Citrus Growers Left Reeling From Hurricane Ian’s Devastation
Hurricane Ian disrupted the lives of many millions across the United States and Cuba during its rampage through the Atlantic last month. The path of destruction left behind by the deadly hurricane included everything from homes to tobacco farms in Cuba to citrus farms in Florida. The results have been devastating.
The strong winds and flooding rain from Hurricane Ian destroyed many crops in Florida which increased the total losses and economic impact from Ian, which AccuWeather estimates to be between $180 and $210 billion in the U.S., according to Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers. Roy Petteway of Petteway Citrus and Cattle was one of many to have his crops impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Petteway is the owner of a family farm near Zolfo Springs, Florida, located about 50 miles southeast of Tampa. He is a longtime grower and is part of the fifth generation of farmers for the property. In those years, the family has pulled through several challenges.
“We have managed through pests, disease, inflation I mean you name it, we’ve fought it,” Petteway told .