There’s $10 billion available for the USDA to help farmers and ranchers going through weather-related disasters. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Red River Farm Network the USDA is taking a close look at the expansion of the WHIP+ program. “We will take a look at the expansive nature in which the WHIP+ program has been expanded to make sure we’re providing assistance. It may very well be the western producers impacted by the drought and the southern producers impacted by the hurricanes who could potentially benefit.” When it comes to disaster aid for livestock, Vilsack says the goal is to provide as many tools as possible for producers impacted by the drought. “Resources may go to livestock producers faced with additional costs or suffered losses as a result.”
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