The majority of the $10 billion disaster assistance for agriculture in the continuing resolution extends the WHIP+ program to cover losses from drought, floods and more in 2020 and 2021. That’s something the National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule is glad to see. “The threshold for disaster qualification is also reduced to eight weeks in a D2 drought. It used to be eight weeks in a D3 or D4 drought,” says Goule. “The program is a very good thing for wheat growers across the country that had too much rain or not enough.” There’s also $750 million in disaster aid included for livestock producers who experienced losses in 2021. Now, this will move on to the USDA for implementation. “I feel very certain Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will expedite this to get it implemented and out to growers through the Farm Service Agency.” Hear the story.