Agriculture Department funds have helped thousands of farmers and ranchers in many states work toward recovering from hurricanes, but Puerto Rico—home to more than 13,000 farm and ranch families devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017—continues to struggle greatly, AFBF noted in a recent letter to Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service.
Less than 1,500 Puerto Rican farmers and ranchers have filed for payments through USDA’s 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, which has been available there since July 2018. And few, if any, have received payments.
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