Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), along with five other Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans, wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging him to take full advantage of his department's capabilities in assisting agricultural producers impacted by drought.
"Drought continues to impact an increasing number of producers and virtually every aspect of the agricultural supply chain, including livestock, crops, conservation, and transportation along major waterways," Johanns said. "I encourage USDA's response to be swift, efficient, and sharply focused."
Last Thursday, Johanns wrote Vilsack urging him to allow emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for the entire state -- something Vilsack did this week.
Johanns also launched a page on his Senate website devoted to the drought. The website provides timely updates on drought conditions, actions taken by the state and federal government and a list of agencies that can assist Nebraska ranchers and farmers.