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Sen. Young Defends Use Of Disaster Relief Funds For Farmers

Unplanted fields like this one in southeastern Indiana have become a common sight across the state. (Seth Tackett, WFIU/WTIU News)

Hoosier farmers are likely to receive a piece of $3 billion in federal aid for unplanted crops.

Senator Todd Young is urging the USDA to quickly clarify how money will be allocated and the process farmers should take to receive those dollars. He defended the bill stating that farmers pay taxes and deserve this aid.

“They’ve paid their taxes, they’ve paid into the system," Young says. "Providing some disaster assistance to them is something that I feel very comfortable supporting.”

Experts say climate change will continue to impact agriculture, and that’s something Young says policymakers and farmers alike should be mindful of.

"We need to manage the risk of changing weather in the future."

The USDA has not said when it will release specifics about how much or when payments will be available.

 

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