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USDA Assists Farmers Affected by Hurricane Fiona
USAgNet - 09/30/2022

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to aid recovery efforts for farmers, ranchers and residents affected by Hurricane Fiona. USDA staff in offices across the country are ready to respond with a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to producers and communities in need.

Hurricane Fiona caused widespread impacts along its path, in particular in Puerto Rico, which saw its worst flooding since Hurricane Maria in 2017, and island-wide power outages, which continue in many areas.

“Our thoughts are with all of the people affected by this terrible storm, especially in Puerto Rico, which has come so far in recovering from Hurricane Maria,” said Secretary Vilsack. “I want everyone to know that USDA is ready to deliver all the resources we have available to us to assist those in need.”

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is helping affected residents take steps to reduce their risk of foodborne illness as they return to their homes after severe weather and flooding.

Meanwhile, the agency is also offering disaster assistance for affected agricultural operations.

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