Georgia is the nation's leading producer of pecans, but the industry faced several setbacks following Hurricane Michael in 2018.
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Georgia is the nation's leading producer of pecans, but the industry faced several setbacks following Hurricane Michael in 2018.

It takes about a decade to grow a productive pecan tree and a matter of minutes to take one down. A University of Georgia specialist estimates Hurricane Michael's 100 mph winds left 75 percent of pecan crops unharvestable in several south Georgia counties. UGA also estimates a total of $2 billion losses to the state's agriculture industry.

Five months after the storm, many farmers are still picking up the pieces. "On Second Thought" has been following up with growers ever since the storm. Randy Hudson's family has run Hudson Pecan Company in Irwin County for more than 150 years. Rob Cohen owns Pecan Ridge Plantation in Decatur County. He's been in the family business for several decades. Cohen and Hudson gave updates on their crops as a new season begins.

"On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott speaks with Rob Cohen and Randy Hudson.

As people across the state continue to clean up from Hurricane Michael and recent tornadoes, Georgia lawmakers continue to push for more federal disaster relief funding.

 

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