Disaster assistance available to producers

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Senate has approved $10 billion in disaster assistance, including $750 million, announced in April, specifically for livestock producers, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND.

The assistance includes $9.25 billion in disaster assistance for producers who suffered losses due to droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other qualifying disasters. The funding will extend WHIP+ to cover losses in calendar years 2020 and 2021. The $750 million for livestock producers will cover losses incurred during 2021 due to drought or wildfire.

“Our farmers and ranchers have continued to provide us with food, fuel and fiber despite the challenging weather and this is an important part of our efforts to ensure they have the support they need to keep going,” Hoeven said.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, said he is urging the USDA to deliver the disaster assistance quickly so farmers have additional financial flexibility.

“North Dakota’s farmers have suffered significant hardship in recent years,” he said. “At a time of immense market uncertainty, soaring input costs, and dramatic supply chain disruptions, not to mention we have a hungry world and looming food shortage, these funds will provide much-needed certainty to help them cover losses caused by events which were out of their control.”


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