In testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said disaster programs must be as flexible as possible. “When you established the WHIP program, nobody anticipated that you’d have a winter storm of the magnitude that we had in the Dakotas,” said Vilsack. “We figure out if winter storms are included in the language or not because we wanted to get help to folks. Its just really difficult to be specific as you would like to be to cover anything and everything that can happen.” North Dakota Senator John Hoeven asked Vilsack if he would maintain the sugar program, but Vilsack would only say he understands the importance of the program.
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