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 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt approved a request from Florida Gov. Rick Scott for an emergency fuel waiver to ensure an adequate supply of diesel fuel across the state for ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Irma.
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.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2017 – Hurricane Irma has devastated sugar cane and citrus crops in Florida and potentially spread citrus diseases such as canker and black spot from quarantined fields to healthy ones.