Today: Scott, Putnam in D.C. to discuss Irma’s $2.5B agriculture hit


Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will meet with members of Florida’s congressional delegation in Washington today to discuss the state’s estimated $2.5 billion in agricultural losses from Hurricane Irma.

Putnam’s office released a report last week estimating that Irma caused more than $2 billion in crop losses and more than $500 million in additional losses to state agriculture for debris cleanup, damaged infrastructure and equipment and other expenses.

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and most of the state’s U.S. House delegation have signed a letter supporting nearly $22 billion in hurricane relief money, including $5 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Florida, according to the report by Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Sergio Alvarez, Irma-related losses included:

• Citrus: $760 million

• Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture: $625 million

• Sugar: $382 million

• Forestry: $262 million

• Fruits and vegetables: $180 million

• Beef cattle: $237 million

• Field crops: $63 million

• Dairy: $12 million

• Aquaculture — $37 million



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