"As representatives of U.S. farmers and ranchers, we ask for your support of the comprehensive legislation that was introduced by Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) on Jan. 25. S.141 will extend agriculture disaster assistance programs for 2012 and 2013."
This was the message sent to all members of the U.S. Senate from agriculture organizations, including the American Sheep Industry Association.
As the nation awaits passage of a comprehensive Farm Bill, agriculture producers across the country are left without the reassurance and support they need in times of extreme weather events. 2012 saw the nation struck with one of the worst droughts in 50 years; many regions across the country have yet to recover and are still undergoing unseasonably dry weather, without any relief in sight for their herds and crops.
Following the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act and subsequent extension of 2008 Farm Bill policies and programs, these necessary disaster relief programs were left without any mandatory funding. We urge for passage of necessary legislation that backfills programs for 2012 and extends through the remainder of 2013.