Putnam Views Hurricane Damage
Rep. Adam Putnam joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson, and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on a tour of agricultural areas that suffered damage from the devastating hurricanes that stuck Florida earlier this year.
"This is a great opportunity for federal and state officials to view firsthand the losses sustained by Florida agriculture as a result of the hurricanes that swept through a large part the state's farming and ranching region in 2005," Putnam stated. "Total agricultural damages from the hurricanes are preliminarily estimated by the Florida Department of Agriculture at $2.1 billion, across a wide spectrum of Florida agriculture including nursery, vegetables, citrus, sugarcane, livestock, fisheries and other commodities in the southern region of the State."
Putnam joined the others in inspecting damage in Homestead, Immokalee and LaBelle.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the affected agricultural sectors, as well as federal and state officials and my colleagues in Congress, as we continue to assess and explore means to effectively address the devastation sustained by Florida farmers and ranchers," Putnam concluded.