On May 1, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details about eligibility for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster program for agricultural concerns impacted nationwide, the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP).

At the same time, USDA provided information about a $340 million block grant being made available particularly to help with Hurricane Irma-related impacts on the citrus industry in the State of Florida. The funding will go towards uses such as covering losses to citrus production expected during the 2018 through the 2020 crop year, reimbursement for the cost of buying and planting replacement trees – including resetting and grove rehabilitation, and for repair of damages to irrigation systems.

In total, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deploy up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help producers with recovery of their agricultural operations in at least nine states with hurricane damage and other states impacted by wildfire.

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