Florida Agriculture Will Get a 3-Way Cut of $2.36 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief
Submitted by Nancy Smith on February 9, 2018 - 10:11pm
Florida will be splitting $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief for agriculture losses with similarly storm-ravaged Texas and Puerto Rico.
Congress approved and President Donald Trump signed off Friday on a spending plan that included an overall $90 billion disaster relief package. How much of the $2.36 billion each state will receive wasn't immediately available.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the state's agriculture sustained more than $2.5 billion in damages
“The passage of this spending bill is a critical first step to finally getting Florida’s farmers, ranchers and growers long-awaited and desperately needed relief," Putnam said in a written statement. "Without this emergency assistance, Florida agriculture cannot fully recover from the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
“I want to thank Gov. Rick Scott and the members of Florida’s congressional delegation who supported this effort and fought for Florida agriculture over the last days, weeks and months.”
In weeks and months following Hurricane Irma, Putnam twice traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss the agricultural damage with Florida’s congressional delegation and to request federal assistance.
Meanwhile the state House and Senate also have bills in progress to address Irma's damage to agriculture. Scott has asked for $180 million in tax and fee cuts for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which starts July 1.