Waco, Texas (May 9, 2007-) - Texas Farmers Union is urging all producers to take action and contact their representatives in the U.S. House and urge their support for agricultural disaster assistance.
Producers can reach their representatives by dialing the capitol switchboard: 202-225-3121.
"Now is the time to get the assistance to the countryside for ongoing natural disasters," Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims said. "This is the first step in getting this much-needed relief into the hands of those who need it most."
The House Appropriations committee yesterday announced a vote on emergency domestic supplemental funding, including agricultural disaster assistance, would occur this Friday, May 11. The package includes $3.5 billion in disaster assistance and a one month extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program, among other provisions.
"America's food producers are the best in the world, but we cannot control the weather or damage caused by Mother Nature. This disaster assistance is a lifeline for those barely hanging on," Sims said.
The disaster funding would assist producers who suffered crop and livestock losses from weather-related disasters during fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Eligible producers must select one year from which to receive the funding. Eligibility would be based on whether producers carried crop insurance during the selected year. The package provides assistance for farmers who lost 35 percent or more of their crop in one of the covered years and for livestock producers in counties that received a Secretarial or Agriculture Department disaster designation during the covered time.
Virtually every state across the country has suffered from significant weather related losses either in 2005, 2006 or 2007. Losses are a result of devastating hurricanes, fires, floods, frost/early-freezing, blizzards, severe drought and more.
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