$3 billion in federal disaster aid going out to states

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government is announcing $800 million in aid to farmers in southern states devastated by last year’s hurricanes.

It’s part of a $3 billion disaster relief package authorized by Congress to help communities recovering from wildfires, flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Florida alone will get $380 million in block grants. Georgia and Alabama are getting money as well. North Carolina was supposed to get money, but U.S. Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Forcyce told The Associated Press in an interview that state and federal officials were still negotiating the terms on Friday.

Timber farmers in Florida suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael destroyed 2.8 million acres of commercially grown trees.

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