USDA disaster aid programs are becoming more fleet of foot, owing in good part to Congress’ incremental moves in recent years away from ad hoc assistance and toward putting emergency aid programs into permanent law.
In a development with major implications for the next farm bill, House Republicans inserted provisions in a $81 billion disaster aid package to make cotton growers eligible for the Price Loss Coverage Program and expand an insurance program for dairy producers.
Lawmakers wrestling with how to compensate citrus growers and other producers for hurricane-related losses are considering creating a temporary revenue protection program or providing grants to states to distribute to farms.
WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017 - The Environmental Protection Agency has extended enforcement discretion for petroleum distribution facilities, gasoline storage facilities and bulk fuel terminals in Texas that were impacted or damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
WASHINGTON, September 20, 2017 - American wind energy industry leaders have donated $1 million to hurricane repair and rebuilding as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back initiative.
KANSAS, September 13, 2017 - The Kansas Department of Agriculture has issued an order that will relax Environmental Protection Agency fuel standards, allowing the state to deliver gasoline to hurricane-stricken Texas.
WASHINGTON, September 6, 2017 - As Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, the Energy Department (DOE) noted its impact on energy infrastructure in a coordinated effort with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2017 – Congress returns from its five-week summer recess on Tuesday facing a massive to-do list, only complicated by the need to pass legislation to help the people of Texas and Louisiana recover from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.