On Saturday, Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas and Louisiana, bringing record flooding to communities and cities, as well as major damage to agricultural produce.
“The impact of Harvey will impact our production of all produce and the U.s. food supply,” a spokesman for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement.
The agency says that the impact could be as much or more than 2.4 percent of U. S. production this year, a number that would be more than twice what it was a year ago.
This could affect production of beef, pork, eggs, fruits and vegetables, fruits, milk and honey, poultry and eggs.
Harvey also damaged the nation’s dairy industry, killing more than 1,000 cows and causing more than $1 billion in damages.
And the hurricane caused shortages in dairy products and dairy processors across the U: the National Dairy Council said it was down more than 6 percent and the Dairy Products Manufacturers Association of America (DPMA) said its supply chain was down 6 percent.
According to the USDA, the average U. s production of food products fell by more than 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017.
A similar trend was seen during the first three months of the year, when production fell by about 8 percent.
The USDA has been ramping up efforts to get food produced at home.
Last year, it announced a $50 billion food security fund to help farmers and ranchers, as it also sought to increase farm productivity and increase production efficiency.
But some experts believe the focus of the U