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Farmers May Get Loans to Help With Irma Damage

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Livestock, Weather

Florida farmers in 44 counties may be eligible for federal loans to help cover damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. Still, Florida might have to wait months for broader federal assistance to the agriculture industry, which sustained more than $2.5 billion in losses from the storm. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue notified Gov. Rick …

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Putnam Speaks to Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam joined Governor Rick Scott to discuss the recent agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Irma and to request federal assistance. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The Florida delegation has a long history of coming together in the aftermath of these types of disasters and bringing the full weight of the third largest …

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Commissioner Putnam Releases Estimate on Hurricane Irma Damage

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline as policymakers create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. Right now, …

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Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimated losses for each segment of agriculture. The preliminary economic assessments account for current crop losses and ancillary losses, such as debris …

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Putnam Says Agriculture Industry Hammered by Irma

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables

Parts of Florida’s agriculture industry are in “tatters” as rural communities throughout the state continue to face severe conditions after Hurricane Irma, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday. Putnam said the storm hammered citrus, vegetable and sugarcane growers, though he didn’t put a cost estimate on the damage. And as many farmers and residents of Florida’s rural counties wait for …

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Putnam on Hurricane Irma’s Impact to Florida Citrus

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release

I took an aerial tour to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central and Southwest Florida. It’s still too early to know the full extent of the damage to Florida citrus. But after touring groves on foot and by air, it’s clear that our signature crop has suffered serious and devastating losses from Hurricane Irma. But …