Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08) released the following statement following the passage of H.R. 6233, the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act. The legislation passed by a vote of 223-197.
Congressman Bucshon (IN-08) states:
"This past Monday, I visited a farm in Daviess County to see firsthand the effects of the drought on a local corn farm and I will visit additional Hoosier farms during the August Work Period to keep updated on conditions. The current drought is impacting every county in the 8th District, a vast majority of Indiana, and over half of this nation. Providing relief from this natural disaster is a commonsense vote to help those in need.
"In addition, it is my hope Congress will be able to pass a farm bill reauthorization to provide stability and certainty to Hoosiers who farm and are in the agriculture industry. While I have an Agricultural Advisory Committee whom I correspond with frequently to discuss issues Hoosier farmers are facing, I will be holding an Agricultural Listening Session in Vincennes to listen to ideas from farmers and bring those ideas back to Washington D.C. on drought relief, commodities programs, and other issues of importance before the current farm bill expires on September 30th."
All counties in Indiana's 8th District have been declared disaster areas by the USDA in response to extreme drought; 17 of the 18 counties are designated as primary and 1 is designated as contiguous.