Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Great News For Arkansas Farmers

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an agriculture disaster package offered by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) this afternoon, clearing a major hurdle in the effort to provide assistance for farmers and ranchers in Arkansas and across the country.

The legislation, which is similar to the agriculture assistance package I offered in September of 2005 (H.R. 3702), would provide a 30% supplemental direct payment, assistance for crop and quality losses, and livestock assistance for the 2005 crop year.

Senator Dorgan attached the agriculture disaster package as an amendment to the emergency supplemental bill (H.R. 4939) that will fund the Iraq war and hurricane relief. The measure will likely reach the Senate floor for a vote following the two-week Easter recess.

While this is great news for our farmers in Arkansas, we still have a long way to go before this measure is signed into law. Fortunately we have a lot of great allies in both the Senate and the House who are working hard to make this a top priority.