Livestock disaster programs in farm bill
South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem signed off on the conference committee farm bill report on Monday- which restores USDA livestock disaster programs. Noem was at the forefront urging disaster assistance provisions throughout the conference negotiations. Noem says “the hundreds of producers who lost cattle may soon be offered relief and certainty going forward.” Major cattle losses happened in South Dakota caused by winter storm Atlas early last October.
The farm bill, if passed by Congress, would compensate farmers and ranchers for losses in 2012, 2013, and beyond. The Livestock Indemnity program would cover 75-percent of the market value for excessive livestock losses because of adverse weather such as blizzards. The conference report also includes the Livestock Forage Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).