Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has been in regular communication with federal partners, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the agriculture industry to assess agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Michael. He met with agricultural leaders on the topic, and the Florida Forest Service is finalizing its analysis of damage to timber.
“Recovery efforts are thoroughly underway in Florida, and one important part of recovery is assessing the hurricane-related damage to the agriculture industry. We’ll continue to meet with the industry to assess the damage and support the industry needs to get back on its feet.
“Unfortunately, just last year, Hurricane Irma dealt a devastating blow to the agriculture industry, totaling more than $2 billion.
“As we did in the wake of Hurricane Irma, we’ll remain steadfast in our efforts to determine the scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and to seek whatever assistance may be available to support the agriculture industry during this time of need.”
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