WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee he co-chaired this week, Ranking Member Senator John Hoeven again urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to:
The hearing builds on Hoeven’s recent meeting with Vilsack, where he worked to advance these priorities for North Dakota producers.
“Back in September, we passed $10 billion in assistance for our farmers and ranchers impacted by drought and natural disasters. The majority of the livestock assistance has now been provided, but we need the row crop aid to get to our farmers as well. We continue pushing USDA to release the program details, which they’ve said should happen later this month, and because the assistance relies on existing crop insurance data, the payments are expected to go out quickly after that,” said Hoeven. “At the same time, we’ve had blizzards and calf mortality this spring, and the FY22 LIP payment rates don’t reflect the true cost of those livestock. We’re asking that USDA work to adjust those rates and to ensure all eligible diseases that result from these severe storms are covered.”
Securing Livestock & Row Crop Disaster Aid
Last September, Hoeven worked as the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee to provide $10 billion in agriculture disaster assistance, which includes $750 million for livestock producers and $9.25 billion to aid row crop producers who suffered losses due to droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other qualifying disasters in calendar years 2020 and 2021.
USDA began sending phase-one ELRP assistance to ranchers last month, with payments set at 75% of producers’ 2021 Livestock Forage Program (LFP) payment. Phase two will begin later this year. USDA will provide row crop assistance using existing crop insurance data in a two-phase approach as well, beginning this spring.
Producers should contact their FSA county office or visit farmers.gov for more information.