ABSTRACT

Farm Bill Primer: Disaster Assistance [May 9, 2022]   [open pdf - 648KB]

From the Document: "A number of federal programs help agricultural producers recover from the effects of natural disasters, including the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), livestock and fruit tree disaster programs, and ad hoc assistance. With the exception of ad hoc assistance, all programs are permanently authorized and receive 'such sums as necessary' from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). As such, these programs require neither reauthorization in a future farm bill nor annual appropriations. Since 2018, Congress has authorized ad hoc assistance through supplemental appropriations to assist with natural disaster losses that generally were not covered under the permanent programs. As Congress works on another farm bill, it could consider whether to amend the permanent disaster assistance programs or create new programs to address emerging situations that are being addressed with ad hoc assistance. This In Focus provides a summary of existing permanent and ad hoc disaster assistance programs that help farmers recover financially from natural disasters."

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CRS In Focus, IF12101
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Date:
2022-05-09
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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