The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the Florida Forest Service wants to remind landowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Michael in October 2018, that registration for the Florida Timber Recovery Block Grant Program and the Florida Irrigation Recovery Block Grant Program continues. While being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program is being managed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management to provide technical assistance to forest landowners required to produce documentation to receive compensation for their loss.
To be eligible for the Florida Timber Recovery Block Grant Program (TRBG), a producer must:
- Be the owner of record or the lessee who has rights to the timber crop at the time of application of a minimum of 10 contiguous acres of nonindustrial private forest land located in one of the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington
- Have stands of timber that sustained a minimum of 25% loss due to Hurricane Michael
- To learn more and register for the TRBG, visit FloridaDisaster.org/timber
To be eligible for the Florida Irrigation Recovery Block Grant Program (IRBG), a producer must:
- Be the owner of record of center pivot irrigation infrastructure at the time of application and document that the crop growing under the center pivot as of October 10, 2018, sustained a minimum 15% crop loss due to Hurricane Michael
- To learn more and register for the IRBG, visit FloridaDisaster.org/irrigation
The deadline to register for these programs is Friday, Nov. 20.