The next step for the ag appropriation bill is to be considered by the full Senate. This bill includes $7 billion in disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers due to natural disasters. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman tells the Red River Farm Network he is glad to see the bill move forward. “As we conference with the House, there is a good chance the provision to extend the WHIP+ program will stay in the bill.” Boozman says there is a need to provide farmers disaster relief in the short-term, but also to come up with a better longer-term plan to deal with natural disasters. Work on the longer-term plan will continue in the next few months.
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