Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Michael Conaway, and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller saw firsthand the devastating impact Hurricane Harvey had on South Texas cotton farmers during a tour of the El Campo (Wharton County) area last week.
They saw fields of cotton that were completely flooded by torrential rains, leaving nothing but dead stalks. Harvested cotton in modules remained along field borders, sagging and discolored from absorbed moisture and reeking of decay.
The tour also stopped at Farmers Cooperative gin in El Campo where gin manager Jimmy Roppolo explained how they were attempting to salvage some of the water-damaged cotton. Here are a few photos from the tour.