Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, joined by all the Members of Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation, today urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately approve Governor Walker's request for agricultural disaster relief for 23 Wisconsin counties.
In a letter drafted by Baldwin and sent to Vilsack today, the Members said, "Drought conditions have caused significant crop damage throughout the state. By declaring these counties disaster areas, farmers in the impacted counties will be eligible for emergency loans administered by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). This financial assistance is necessary to ensure that agricultural operations and family farmers in Wisconsin are able to manage these severe losses."
"The impact of the extreme drought is being felt throughout our state and our farm families face severe hardship if this situation continues," said Baldwin. "My thoughts and prayers are with all Wisconsinites who are suffering physically and financially from the oppressive heat and lack of rain," she said.
As Baldwin works to ensure that the federal government responds promptly and effectively to the pressing need for assistance in Wisconsin, she said Congress must work to pass a farm bill before the end of September when the current bill expires. "Partisan politics must yield to the urgent need for action on the farm bill. I call on the House leadership to bring this legislation to the floor before the August recess. Any delay further threatens our farms, our food supply, and our families," Baldwin said.