Citrus Money Passes House but Could Stall in Senate

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Federal relief for Florida citrus growers cleared the U.S. House on Thursday, but its fate remained unclear in the Senate, which may not take up the package until January. Before the House vote, leaders separated an $81 billion disaster-relief package that includes citrus money from a short-term funding resolution needed to keep the government open through mid-January. The move drew …


21 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Georgia

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 21 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017, through Sept. 12, 2017. Those counties are: Baker Hamilton Polk Citrus Hernando Putnam Clay Lafayette St. Johns Columbia Levy Seminole Dixie Manatee Suwannee Duval Nassau Union Flagler Pasco …


Putnam on Inclusion of Funding for Florida Agriculture in Disaster Spending Bill

Dan Florida

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ proposed $81 billion disaster spending bill, which includes $2.6 billion for agricultural assistance: “Florida’s farmers, ranchers and growers suffered unprecedented damage from Hurricane Irma, and the announcement of proposed emergency funding for Florida agriculture is the first bit of good news we’ve heard …


EQIP Funding Sign Up for Florida Producers Affected by Irma

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind agricultural producers in the state that a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup is underway to help producers who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. This signup, which runs until December 28th, is to receive both financial and technical assistance for conservation practices designed to specifically address natural …


Putnam Requests Federal Disaster Relief for Florida Agriculture

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sent a letter to the Florida’s congressional delegation requesting much-needed disaster relief for Florida agriculture, which suffered a more than $2.5 billion hit due to Hurricane Irma. Excerpts from the letter are below: “As you know Hurricane Irma, among the strongest hurricanes ever to make direct landfall in the United States, dealt a devastating …


Assistance Available for Irma Damaged Ag Land in Florida

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has established a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up Nov. 28 – Dec. 28 to help agricultural producers who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma with financial and technical assistance. Conservation practices available through this EQIP funding specifically address natural resource concerns from hurricane flood and wind damage and provide future …


Irma Agriculture Losses Continue to Mount

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Florida’s $2.5 billion request for federal disaster relief for its agriculture industry after Hurricane Irma might not be enough. Members of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness said Thursday month-old damage estimates made by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service are too low. “I actually think your numbers are conservative,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a …