Adam Putnam Seeks USDA Disaster Declaration for Tropical Storm Debby
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is seeking to have parts of Florida designated as natural disaster areas once agricultural losses are determined from Tropical Storm Debby’s June 24-27 trip across the state.
“The excessive rainfall, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, lightning and multiple tornados the storm inflicted caused extensive damage to both the quality and quantity of many of our crops, as well as to the grazing pastures so critical to our livestock producers,” Putnam wrote U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“In addition to the impacts already attributed to the storm, there remains a significant amount of standing water in some counties that will exacerbate agricultural losses.”
The state continues to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to calculate the fiscal impact and determine which of Florida’s counties meet the threshold for a primary disaster declaration.