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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Hurricane Irene’s impact on Virginia agriculture assessed

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore and Gov. Bob McDonnell’s chief of staff Martin Kent on Friday toured farm sites that were damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Virginia farms sustained at least $60 million in crop losses and damage from Irene. Agriculture is the state’s largest industry.

State officials are expected to release preliminary damages assessments for all localities as soon as Friday.

Haymore, Kent and Travis Hill, deputy agriculture secretary, were scheduled to visit Center Cross, Eastville,Wakefield and Lawrenceville.

They were scheduled to see a tomato field in Eastville and two damaged cotton fields in Wakefield.

Their last stop will be Lawrenceville in Brunswick County where Rep. Robert Hurt (R) will escort them to see crop damage about five miles away.

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