Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Drought in 2012

July 24, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Announces Efforts to Assist Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Drought.

Many Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas farmers and ranchers have seriously been impacted by drought this summer. Temperature racing over 100 degrees for the past two weeks with little to no rain fall, is not helping the situation. The FSA issued a press release yesterday that announces new flexibility and assistance available through the Department of Agriculture.

Release No. 0247.12
Office of Communications (202) 720-462

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Obama Administrationi Efforts to Assist Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Drought

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new flexibility and assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s major conservation programs to get much-needed help to livestock producers as the most wide-spread drought in seven decades intensifies in the United States. Vilsack also announced plans to encourage crop insurance companies to provide a short grace period for farmers on unpaid insurance premiums, as some farming families can be expected to struggle to make ends meet at the close of the crop year.

To see the complete press release.

To see a drought monitor map click here.