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But National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition notes sequestration extension

US budget bill: praise from citrus, cotton & dairy sectors

Key citrus, cotton and dairy groups praised the budget bill Congress passed and President Trump signed on February 9. Meanwhile the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition pointed out the bill also includes a two-year extension of sequestration that will mean less money for the next farm bill.

Florida Citrus Mutual said the budget deal would provide $2.36 billion to make direct payments to Florida producers who have suffered hurricane-related crop losses, with citrus growers expected to receive $760 million.

Thefencepost.com cites a legislative summary of the Senate Appropriations Committee: "Producers who purchased crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) on eligible crops will be allowed to recoup up to 85 percent of their losses. Producers who did not have crop insurance or NAP on eligible crops will be allowed to recoup up to 65 percent of their losses. Producers receiving payments will be required to purchase crop insurance or NAP policies on eligible commodities for each of the next two years.”

Publication date: 2/14/2018


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