Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheanaux is getting feedback from farmers on the Emergency Relief Program announced last week. “The sentiment in the field is ERP will be a good deal, but the challenge of weather-related adversity persists. In some cases, it’s too wet to plant a crop. In other areas, it’s too dry.”Ducheaneaux says not much can be done by one agency to help farmers navigate the extremely wet conditions, but FSA will work with the Risk Management Agency to find flexibilities. Crop reporting deadlines may be difficult to move back. “That date is linked to the work we do with RMA and we have to be thoughtful about the impact, but the ag secretary has demonstrated there’s nothing off the table, if we can find a way to help producers, we’ll do that.” Ducheanaux was in Minnesota last week.
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