North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer sent a letter to the Farm Service Agency last month asking Administrator Zach Ducheneaux to make adjustments to the Livestock Indemnity Program. This program helps farmers experiencing higher than normal livestock deaths as a result of severe weather. Cramer is concerned about the payment rates for calves lost. “Please consider the actual value of the animal. One year ago, we weren’t at 8.5 percent inflation. A value of a calf was much lower than it is today,” said Cramer. “We’re asking them to use this flexibility and adjust the model so producers can get what their loss is actually worth.” Cramer has not heard back from the FSA on the request.
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