Disaster Assistance for Agriculture in Florida following Hurricane Idalia
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Kumar, Shivendra, Kevin Athearn, Christa Court, Angela Lindsey, Kelly Aue, Lisa Strange, Sudeep Sidhu, Joel Love, Robert Hochmuth, Erin Jones, Emily Beach, Keith Wynn, Daniel Fenneman, Jay Capasso, and Eric Simonne. 2024. “Disaster Assistance for Agriculture in Florida Following Hurricane Idalia: FE1147, 6/2024”. EDIS 2024 (3). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fe1147-2024.


Multiple federal and state agencies provide assistance to qualified agricultural producers following a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. However, the programs change over time, and many producers are not aware of the programs available. The purpose of this publication is to list and briefly describe disaster assistance resources available to agricultural producers in Florida after Hurricane Idalia. To the extent that some information remains the same, this publication could provide guidance to Extension agents, nongovernmental organizations, and producers impacted by future hurricanes. The information was compiled from websites, government documents, and discussions with government agency representatives following Hurricane Idalia.

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Court, C.D., X. Qiao, M. Li, and K. McDaid. 2023. Preliminary assessment of agricultural losses and damages resulting from Hurricane Idalia. UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida. Available at https://fred.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/economic-impact-analysis-program/disaster-impact-analysis/hurricane-idalia-damage-assessments/.

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Flgov.com. 2023. Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Idalia Response. Available at https://www.flgov.com/2023/09/02/governor-ron-desantis-issues-updates-on-hurricane-idalia-response/#:~:text=Residents%20in%20Citrus%2C%20Colombia%2C%20Dixie,counties%20impacted%20by%20Hurricane%20Idalia.

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 2023. USDA to begin issuing $1.75 billion to agricultural producers through critical emergency relief programs. Available at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2023/09/27/usda-begin-issuing-175-billion-agricultural-producers-through.

United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA). 2023. Disaster Assistance Programs. Available at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index.

United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). 2023. Disaster Recovery. Available at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/getting-assistance/disaster-recovery.

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