Possible farm aid throughout Midwest
Farmers got a late start to planting this year due to wet weather and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering an aid package to help.
State Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says the government proposed $16 billion in aid. He says $14.5 billion of that would supplement revenue losses and market losses.
Goehring added there is also an $8 billion disaster aid package. Three billion dollars of that would go directly to producers. Goehring says the USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is also looking to supplement prevented planting, which is a failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date of the insurance policy or during the late planting period. He says not every state will be eligible but he believes North Dakota could qualify.
"Previously it looked at certain crops, and it also put a price on each one of those crops now you're looking at all program crops and it's also going to be based out from planting history on each particular farm that you may be associated with, whether it's your farm or land that you rent," said Goehring.
Goehring says the details must be worked out, but more information should be released by July.