A more permanent disaster program may be considered as farm bill discussions begin this fall. “I’d like to see us address ad-hoc programs in the farm bill so we don’t need supplemental appropriations year-over-year,” said John Thune, South Dakota Senator. “At least, we need to design or tailor programs to respond to specific circumstances instead of coming back retroactively to release programs that can take forever to get payments.” Thune wants crop insurance to be an effective program. “The more we can build-in provisions that will trigger in the event of a weather disaster in the farm bill, that’s the best way to deal with this. We need a solution that provides necessary assistance, but doesn’t entail consistently appropriating new money adding to the deficit.”
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