Florida growers due disaster aid

Hollis, Paul L.
December 2004
Southeast Farm Press;12/1/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 27, p17
Trade Publication
The article reports on the disasters faced by Florida vegetable and citrus producers. Producers were hit hard this year by a succession of tropical storms during August and September. As a result. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced in late October that payments would be made to affected growers under the Florida Hurricane Disaster Assistance Program. Fruit and vegetable producers must have suffered a minimum of a 50-percent crop loss. Per-acre payments are based on the type of production practices utilized by producers. Payments to citrus producers are based on damages generally correlating to the distance from the eyes of the hurricanes and are for production loss, tree loss, rehabilitation and cleanup costs.


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