Hoeven Urges Sec. Vilsack to Ensure LIP Works for Ranchers, Get Disaster Assistance Out
Back in September, we passed $10 billion in assistance for our farmers and ranchers impacted by drought and natural disasters. The majority of the livestock assistance has now been provided, but we need the row crop aid to get to our farmers as well. We continue pushing USDA to release the program details, which they’ve said should happen later this month, and because the assistance relies on existing crop insurance data, the payment are expected to go out quickly after that. At the same time, we’ve had blizzards and calf mortality this spring, and the FY22 LIP payment rates don’t reflect the true cost of those livestock. We’re asking that USDA work to adjust those rates and to ensure all eligible diseases that result from these severe storms are covered.