Hurricane Idalia Hits Aquaculture and Gas Prices Drop
**Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the results of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Hurricane
Idalia Impact Survey for aquaculture.
The survey estimated that the adjusted reported losses from Aquaculture and shellfish processors totaled just over $34.1 million.
Simpson says, aquaculture is Florida’s most diverse agribusiness, and it took a hard hit following Hurricane Idalia.
He says while these numbers are estimates, they’re expected to increase as farmers continue to evaluate losses.
**A U.S. agribusiness delegation arrived in Santiago, Chile, Monday, led by USDA Undersecretary Alexis Taylor.
Taylor says, “Customers in Chile are especially interested in U.S. consumer-oriented products, such as dairy, beef, poultry, pork, condiments and distilled spirits, providing U.S. exporters with many new and exciting opportunities.”
The members of the delegation are looking to establish business relationships and explore opportunities for U.S. ag exports to the region.
**For the first time in two weeks, the nation's average price of gasoline declined, falling 3.1 cents from a week ago to $3.80 per.
The national average is up 1.3 cents from a month ago and 13.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
The national average diesel price decreased 1.4 cents last week and stands at $4.53 per gallon, 38.0 cents lower than one year ago.