North Dakota Senator John Hoeven met with farmers and ranchers in Rugby, North Dakota last week. The senator received feedback on existing drought assistance. “We have flexibility from the Risk Management Agency when it comes to adjusting crops that aren’t going to make it. Farmers can leave a strip, graze the crop or bale crops for livestock,” says Hoeven. “Crop insurance companies haven’t been allowing this for row crops. Apparently they’re waiting until after September 1. We’ll go back to the RMA to see if this can happen for row crops.” Hoeven is also working to secure $6.28 billion in disaster relief in the Senate Ag Appropriations bill. This would expand the WHIP+ program to include 2020 and 2021 disasters. This would also provide $750 million for livestock producers. “Right now, USDA has flexibility how to provide that assistance.”
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