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U.S. CONGRESS — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Matt Rosendale today continued their push for drought relief for Montana farmers and ranchers. Daines, Tester and Rosendale are teaming up to urge USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide additional drought relief and flexibilities for Montana agriculture producers located in counties that were not covered by drought designations or federal assistance programs.

“Unfortunately, many of the producers who suffered the greatest heat-related losses were either located in counties not covered by the drought designations, experienced losses not covered by drought assistance programs, or both,” the letter states. “Due to the severity of the situation, we believe that additional federal assistance will be needed beyond what can be offered through current USDA drought relief programs. Therefore, in an effort to provide financial and other assistance to these producers, we respectfully request USDA identify other options to deliver federal relief to these producers in our states so they have the resources to overcome the extreme drought and heat crisis.” 


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