Agricultural Producers Permanent 
Disaster Relief Program

Whereas America’s farmers and ranchers cannot control the weather, and many can expect to experience overwhelming losses from weather-related disasters each year, and

Whereas the FY2007 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill included approximately $3 billion for emergency disaster relief for farmers and ranchers who suffered from weather-related losses in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and USDA only recently announced sign-up dates for distribution of these funds, and

Whereas in 2005 alone, about 80 percent of U.S. counties were declared disaster or contiguous disaster counties, due to devastating hurricanes, fires, floods, excessive moisture, and severe drought,

Now therefore be it resolved that the Texas Democratic Party and the National Democratic Party work to have the U.S. Congress pass a permanent disaster program to assist producers during times of natural disasters without relying upon yearly ad hoc assistance or the political climate in Washington, and

Therefore be it further resolved that enactment of permanent disaster relief programs must be a priority for lawmakers during farm bill negotiations, and

Therefore be it further resolved that a permanent disaster program with mandatory funding should be included in the Farm Bill.

Texas Farmers Union, P.O. Box 738, Sweetwater, Tx 79556