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House Ag Leader Backs One-Time Aid for Flooded Grain

Congress is scheduled for recess on Friday

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said farmers ought to be considered for federal compensation for grain lost in flooded bins this spring, reports Successful Farming.

Perdue gave conditional support to compensation at nearly the same time the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee called for a one-time grain payment to flooded operators.

The USDA says none of its disaster programs address flood damage to stored grain. Farmers are storing larger-than-usual amounts of grain on the farm because of a series of bumper corn and soybean crops and also low commodity prices exacerbated by trade war.

Congress is scheduled to recess for two weeks on Friday, leaving disaster aid up in the air.

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