U.S. Senators Jim Talent (R-Mo.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are pushing legislation to provide assistance to agricultural producers who are grappling with natural disasters such as drought and flooding. The senators introduced legislation to provide assistance to producers facing losses in excess of 35 percent. Their legislation also reinstates the Livestock Compensation Program to provide assistance with the high costs of feed.
"Our legislation recognizes that the drought in Missouri and other natural disasters around the country have been devastating to our producers and the economy," said U.S. Senator Jim Talent, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "Missouri corn growers have told me that in some parts of the state this year's drought is as bad as the drought of 1989. We are hoping to get this disaster assistance through the Senate quickly so that our farmers and ranchers can get the assistance they need."
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