The persevering with decision just lately handed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden consists of a number of essential provisions for agriculture. The Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act will preserve federal businesses funded by way of December 3. Included within the invoice is $10 billion in assist for catastrophe aid for farmers and ranchers who’ve suffered losses in 2020 and 2021. The invoice additionally extends Livestock Mandatory Reporting by way of December 3. Multiple agricultural teams have expressed appreciation for the catastrophe help included within the invoice.
“Passage of the continuing resolution today is good news for the family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. In addition to keeping federal programs funded, the CR includes critical relief to farmers and ranchers for disaster recovery,” National Farmers Union President Rob Larew stated in a press launch. “We also welcome the short-term extension of the Livestock Mandatory Program (LMR), an important tool for price discovery in livestock markets. LMR ultimately needs to be improved and permanently extended, and we look forward to working with Congress to institute reforms that can help address consolidation in livestock markets.”
The persevering with decision reauthorizes the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Through the invoice, counties that have D2 circumstances for eight weeks on the U.S. Drought Monitor will probably be eligible for drought help. The invoice additionally consists of $275 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program and roughly $25 million for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. A complete of $750 million has been allotted for livestock producers that suffered losses attributable to drought or wildfire in 2021.
“California’s farmers and ranchers have experienced substantial crop damage due to wildfire and drought over the past two years,” stated California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson. “This disaster assistance will provide California’s family farms with needed additional support, providing both stability for our farmers and a safeguard for America’s domestic food supply.”