Hurricane Michael

U.S. to distribute $800 million in aid to southern farmers hit by 2018 hurricanes

A tractor going down a farm.
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The federal government will distribute $800 million in aid to farmers in Florida, Alabama and Georgia that were hit by hurricanes Michael and Florence last year, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

The big picture: The department will distribute the money in grants as part of a $3 billion disaster aid package approved by Congress earlier this year to help communities recovering from a variety of natural disasters. The aid will help agricultural producers in southern states "get back on their feet and prepare for next year’s planting and harvest," per Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Trump announces $448 million disaster relief package for Florida

President Trump at a rally in Panama City, Florida
President Trump. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

At a campaign rally in Panama City, Fla., President Trump announced a new $448 million relief package for the hurricane-damaged panhandle, reports ABC News.

"These dollars will help communities get back on their feet. We've already given you many, many millions of dollars but these are additional monies that are coming in to help the families put their lives together."
— President Trump