Commissioner Putnam, Congressman Curbelo and Mayor Gimenez Urge USDA to Issue Secretarial Disaster Determination

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MIAMI, Fla.— Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez today met with several Miami-Dade County farmers to discuss the adverse effects of recent flooding on agriculture in the area. The three also urged United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue a Secretarial Disaster Determination for all counties in South Florida affected by recent flooding.

“Farmers in Miami-Dade County have suffered considerable losses due to recent flooding in the area, and Congressman Curbelo, Mayor Gimenez and I ask that USDA Secretary Vilsack issue a Secretarial Disaster Determination in order to assist these farmers,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Miami-Dade County’s overall agriculture production generates more than $1.6 billion in annual economic impact and supports more than 11,000 jobs. Initial damage assessments include that producers have experienced 60 to 70-percent losses.

View the letter sent to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack [   345.99 KB ].

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam is dedicated to protecting Florida’s more than $120 billion agriculture industry and the 2 million jobs it supports. For more information, visit

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