North Dakota farm groups met with Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux in a roundtable discussion this week to discuss the distribution of $10 billion in disaster aid Congress approved in September. It’s still not clear when USDA will announce the details. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven hopes the disaster aid will be implemented quickly. “I’ve been after the USDA to move both pieces: the WHIP+ program and livestock disaster aid.” The primary goal of the meeting was to get a better idea of what the $750 million in livestock disaster assistance could look like. Ducheneaux told the Red River Farm Network it was a good conversation. “One idea was adding top up payments on existing programs.” The FSA will have a rulemaking process for the livestock portion of disaster aid, but Ducheneaux would not commit to a timeline.
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