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Hurricane Michael Recovery Programs for Farmers Meeting – May 22

Governor Ron DeSantis recently released $25 million for a Disaster Bridge Loan Program for Farmers.  Crop farmers can borrow up to $200,000 for two years with 0% interest to help restore their farming operations damaged by Hurricane Michael. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2019.  Download the application form:  Farm Disaster Bridge Loan Application.  This program will be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO)

The Legislature passed a bill to provide sales tax refunds on materials purchased to repair farm fences and/or non-residential farm buildings damaged by Hurricane Michael.  This refund is a available for items purchased from October 11, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  This is not a point-of-sale discount, but an application that is mailed in with receipts to recieve a refund on sales tax paid at the point of purchaseThis program will be administered by the Florida Department of Revenue (FDR).

There will be a meeting hosted by UF/IFAS Extension and and Florida Farm Bureau on Wednesday May 22 at 7:00 PM Central time to explain these programs to farmers in the impact zone of the hurricane. Representatives from Farm Bureau, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) the Florida Department of Revenue (FDR) will answer questions about these programs  The meeting will be held at the Jackson County Extension Office, 2741 Penn Ave. Marianna, Florida.  For more more information on this meeting, contact the Jackson Extension Office – 850-482-9620