(Posted Wed. Jul 11th, 2012)
July 11: The National Corn Growers Association appreciates Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announced improvements to natural disaster programs that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers. Vilsack announced three significant improvements today to the outdated USDA programs.
Improvements include finalizing a final rule that will allow for a faster process of declaring a Secretarial disaster area, reducing the emergency loan rate and reducing the cost of Conservation Reserve Program lands for emergency haying and grazing. Previous to these changes, the current programs had been in place for more than two decades and regulations had not been significantly revised since 1988.
“It is no secret this has been a challenging growing season for our nation’s farmers and we are pleased to see Secretary Vilsack has taken a proactive stance in providing the appropriate assistance,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “The announced changes improve the currently outdated programs and streamline the process.”