Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam speaks with local farmers

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CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael devastated the agriculture industry in northwest Florida.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam held a listening session with farmers and forestry leaders at Rivertown Community Church in Blountstown Tuesday.

He discussed the hurricane's effect on the area and where farmers go from here.

He told those in attendance an extraordinary event requires an extraordinary response.

Representative Neal Dunn and Florida Forest Service officials were also in attendance, as well as several other state and local leaders.

"We're working closely with Congressman Dunn and the rest of the congressional delegation to take the model of what we got from hurricane Irma, include hurricanes Florence and Michael to be able to get some assistance to these growers," Putnam said.

There's a lot of fuel on the ground. Officials are urging locals to obey the burn bans to avoid causing fires.