USDA to help farmers struggling from last year’s natural disasters

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The Trump Administration is releasing new details about its plans to help farmers struggling with last year’s numerous natural disasters.

The USDA says it’ll spend $2 billion on aid.

In 2017, American farmers faced floods, fires, and hurricanes. In March, Congress pledged $2.3 billion to help.

Now Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the money is ready to be doled out.

“While nothing in this town works as quickly as I would like, our team is working as hard as we can, to make these resources available to farmers in need as quickly as possible,” Sec. Perdue said.

At least nine states are eligible to receive aid but Sec. Perdue says Florida’s farmers are among the most in need.

This is why the USDA will spend $340 million on to help citrus farmers.

The USDA says citrus crops like oranges and limes were hit especially hard by Hurricane Irma in August.

 The agency says the funds will go to reimburse farmers who’ve replanted trees and repaired irrigation systems.

 “It certainly helps farmers who’ve experienced these natural disasters.”

John Newton, with the American Farm Bureau, says the $2.3 billion package will help farmers outside of Florida too, especially in places like California.            

“We’ve had 15-20 weeks of major drought conditions in the Southwest, many of those farmers and ranchers have been devastated by those drought conditions,” Newton said.

Farmers will be eligible to apply for help no later than mid-July.

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