As of Sept. 18, citrus producers can apply for the Florida Citrus Tree Recovery Program (Block Grant) through the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) contractors co-located with Farm Service Agency staff at U.S. Department of Agriculture service centers in Bartow, Kissimmee, Wauchula, Okeechobee, Moore Haven, Fort Myers and Fort Pierce. Click here for contact information.
A requirement of the Block Grant program is that producers must first apply for benefits under the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). The 2017 WHIP covers losses of producers impacted by hurricanes and wildfires during 2017. Producers may apply for 2017 WHIP and the Florida Citrus Tree Recovery Program in one visit.
There will be four informational meetings next week regarding the Florida Citrus Tree Recovery Program:
- Monday, Sept. 24, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., USDA Horticultural Lab, 2001 S Rock Rd., Fort Pierce, FL 34945
- Thursday, Sept. 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Rd., Lake Alfred, FL 33850
- Thursday, Sept. 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Bert Harris Ag Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875
- Friday, Sept. 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Dallas Townsend Center, 1085 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle, FL 33935
Source: Florida Citrus Mutual
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