Citrus Block Grant Application Workshops are being held in late September to help Florida citrus growers in applying for funds for Hurricane Irma recovery.

Florida citrus growers have $343,221,216.73 in federal Florida Citrus Tree Recovery Program funds waiting to be doled out to those affected by the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has created four Citrus Block Grant Application Workshops to assist growers in applying for the grants, according to a Citrus Industry article. See the details below.

Details of Citrus Block Grant Application Workshops

Wes Maul, the Director of The Florida Division of Emergency Management said, “We have made it our priority to get this money into the hands of the many citrus farmers who suffered following Hurricane Irma’s devastating impacts. They are critical to the recovery of Florida’s iconic industry and we will continue to work with our state and federal partners to make this happen as quickly as possible. Our total commitment is evidenced by the fact that we have significantly expedited this process, leading to program implementation more than four months faster than originally anticipated by federal authorities.”

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., USDA Horticultural Lab, 2001 S Rock Rd., Fort Pierce, FL 34945.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Rd., Lake Alfred, FL 33850.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Bert Harris Ag Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875.
  • Friday, Sept. 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Dallas Townsend Center, 1085 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle, FL 33935.

For questions about Florida’s Citrus Recovery Grant Program, contact DEM Senior Management Analyst Joseph Oglesby at (850) 815-4450.

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