FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2021
Washington – Earlier today, the Senate and House took final action on the Continuing Resolution to fund federal agencies through December 3. The bill, currently awaiting President Biden’s signature, provides $10 billion in much needed disaster relief for losses incurred by farmers and ranchers in 2020 and 2021. It also extends Livestock Mandatory Reporting through December 3 of this year.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released the following statement:
“Passage of the continuing resolution today is good news for the family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. In addition to keeping federal programs funded, the CR includes critical relief to farmer and ranchers for disaster recovery. This year, America’s family farmers and ranchers have faced dry, hot weather in much of the country, conditions that have led to severe losses of crops and livestock, and put the livelihood of family farmers and ranchers in jeopardy. A changing climate is making severe weather events more frequent and extreme, and farmers welcome the assistance being provided so they can press on to farm another year.
“We also welcome the short-term extension of the Livestock Mandatory Program (LMR), an important tool for price discovery in livestock markets. LMR ultimately needs to be improved and permanently extended, and we look forward to working with Congress to institute reforms that can help address consolidation in livestock markets.”
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