Crafting Details of the Florida Citrus Hurricane Recovery Block Grant

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block grantLast week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $340 million block grant that will go toward Florida citrus growers for Hurricane Irma losses to production expected during the 2018 through 2020 crop years. It includes reimbursement for the cost of buying and planting replacement trees – including resetting and grove rehabilitation – and for repair of damages to irrigation systems among other things.

Although this is good news for growers, this means another program will need to be set up to determine how to allocate these funds. USDA’s Rod Bain has the story with the Farm Service Agency’s Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. Hear more:

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