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AFBF Applauds House Passage of Disaster Assistance

Podcast / Newsline June 4, 2019

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House passage of disaster aid brings much -needed relief to farmers and ranchers. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: Congress has passed disaster aid, sending the much-needed farm-and-ranch relief to President Trump for signature. RJ Karney, American Farm Bureau Federation congressional relations director, says the aid covers multiple natural disasters that have occurred since last year.

Karney:  This disaster relief bill will provide disaster relief to farms all across the country that have endured incredibly destructive weather events back in 2018 and even that continued here in to 2019.

Clements: Karney says the bill includes $3 billion in farm disaster assistance distributed through the Department of Agriculture’s Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program.

Karney: This will benefit farmers, ranchers, impacted by these natural disasters. Additionally, there’s funding available for farmers who experienced loss of crops. This is going to include on-farm stored commodities, crops prevented from planting in 2019, and in addition, funding for loss of peaches and blueberry crops in the 2017 planting season.

Clements: Karney says the bill allows farmers and rancher to rebuild after a series of calamities.

Karney: This disaster relief bill will allow farmers, ranchers, rural communities, to begin to turn the page and to move forward. And we’re glad Congress was finally able to push this bill passed the finish line and the President has already announced that he intends to sign the bill into law.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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