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Florida requests additional $5 billion for agricultural recovery

Staff Writer |
Florida’s senators Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio led nearly all members of the Florida congressional delegation in urging the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide additional resources for hurricane recovery efforts in Florida.

This is including $5 billion in funds to for agriculture.

The Senators expounded on the request in the full request:

"U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Hurricane Irma caused massive damage to Florida’s agriculture community with initial total loss estimates from Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at $2,558,598,303 and rising."

"Our signature crop, citrus, was hit especially hard with an estimated $760,816,600 in losses. Initial total loss estimates in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria are as high as $15,000,000,000."

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