The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced its plans to have the Livestock Disaster Programs reauthorized in the recently passed farm bill available for sign up in 60 days.
The announcement comes after Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Farm Bill Conference Committee that negotiated the final Farm Bill, joined with a bipartisan coalition of senators to urge USDA to expedite implementation of the disaster programs.
“These livestock disaster programs are critical to ranchers across Colorado, especially in the southeast part of the state where they are battling conditions we haven’t seen since the Dust Bowl,” Bennet said in a news release. “Producers are facing stubbornly persistent drought and feed shortages and are having to liquidate or relocate their livestock. These disaster programs will help them through these tough times and aid them in planning for the future.”