Senate Settlement includes more than $ 7 billion in disaster assistance in bill
The Senate Utilities Committee included more than $ 7 billion in disaster assistance to help farmers and farmers with losses due to thirst and other natural disasters in its Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture bill. , Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Approval Agencies.
The law will go to the entire Senate Appropriations Committee for review this week, according to Sen. John Hoeven, RN.D. The bill includes $ 6.28 billion to help producers who have experienced infiltration due to thirst, storms, fires, floods and other qualifying disasters in the calendar years 2020 and 2021 and $ 750 for animal producers who experienced losses during 2021 due to thirst or wildfire, in addition to having farm charge programs for animal producers.
“With many of our farmers and ranchers facing a severe drought, we have worked to include more than $ 7 billion in the agriculture allocation bill this year, plus $ 750 million for livestock producers. This is help to cover losses and keep manufacturers in the game as they overcome these challenging times, ”said Hoeven, the ranking member on the committee. “At the same time, this bill will help meet the needs of rural America, including full funding of farm loans to give producers access to capital, strong support for agricultural research. and continued investment in rural broadband. We continue to work to advance this important funding law, which will now go to the entire Approvals Committee for review. “
Other provisions in the bill highlighted by Hoeven include the following:
- A provision promoting a pilot program for a cattle contract library in the Agricultural Marketing Service. The contract library will help improve price transparency in cattle markets as part of efforts to ensure ranchers have access to a fair and competitive market.
- An additional $ 2 million for AMS to implement the Packers and Stockyards Act.
- Increases funding to meet the need for direct, guaranteed and emergency loans, giving farmers and ranchers access to capital.
- Maintains support for harvest insurance and other farm billing programs.
- $ 5 million for the Wetland Mitigation Banking program, which provides an important resource for farmers to remain compliant with conservation.
- $ 500,000 for blackbird depredation in the Northern Great Plains through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
- Directs the National Agricultural Statistics Service to provide information on how the agency can improve the accuracy of their reports.
- Additional $ 9 million for maintenance and repair of Agricultural Research Service facilities, such as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center.
- $ 1 million for a new cooperative agreement with land grand universities, non-profits and other entities to support research, development and acceleration of agricultural technology.
- Provides substantial funding for agricultural research conducted by ARS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Maintains formula research funding for land -providing universities, including NDSU.
- Increase the following research funding: $ 1 million each for sugarbeet research, Barley Pest Initiative, National Canola Research program, Pulse Crop Health Initiative, Healthy Soils Initiative, Pulse Crop Quality Initiative, and Genetic Oat Research; $ 500,000 increase for Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research program. The bill also maintains funding for the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative.
- $ 700 million for the ReConnect Program, a broadband loan program and providing pilot program.
- $ 5 million for the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program, which supports innovation clusters in rural regions.