Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Encouraged by USDA Moving Forward on Disaster Relief for Florida Farmers and Growers

Apr 6, 2018
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the implementation of up to $2.36 billion in disaster payments in response to the 2017 hurricane season and wildfires. Funded by Congress in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act, these funds will assist growers, farmers, and other agriculture producers who suffered a loss from last fall’s natural disasters.

“Florida’s agriculture industry took a massive hit during the 2017 hurricane season. Our agriculture industry reported significant losses as a result of these storms; the citrus industry alone estimates $760 million in damage. In the disaster supplemental legislation that was signed into law in February, my Appropriations Committee colleagues and I included $2.36 billion to help the agriculture industry recover from the destructive hurricanes and wildfires. I encourage all farmers and growers who experienced loss from these natural disasters to contact their local USDA service center to receive updates and information on this program.”

The Bipartisan Budget Act included additional supplemental disaster relief, as many communities are still recovering from these destructive natural disasters.

Click here to find a local USDA service center.