Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Supports Florida’s Farmers, Growers, Ranchers in Appropriations Committee Vote

May 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

“I am pleased to support this legislation that will help our nation's farmers, ranchers, and growers. Citrus greening has long been a problematic, invasive disease for Florida's premiere crop. Through targeted funding for research and emergency response, this bill will help our growers address this critical issue. Our state’s agricultural industry is still picking up the pieces and rebuilding from the 2017 hurricane season. As we prepare to enter the 2018 hurricane season, we must ensure our farm and ranch families are prepared to take on whatever Mother Nature brings their way. I look forward to working with Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Aderholt to see this bill through passage on the House floor.”

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding in the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

  • Funding to protect our citrus industry and combat citrus greening
    • $998 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
    • $61 million specifically for citrus health under APHIS
    • $3 million for multi-agency coordination related to citrus greening
    • $63.6 million for Oriental Fruit Fly exclusion and detection
  • Language is included highlighting the need to protect the citrus industry and encourages continued research
  • $6.9 billion for rural electric and telephone infrastructure loans
  • $3 billion for rural development programs
    • $1.45 billion for rural water and waste program loans
    • $637 million for water and waste grants
    • $20 million for the expansion of rural broadband services
  • $1 billion to help farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners conserve and protect their land

Click here to view a summary of the bill.