Bill Would Streamline Disaster Aid for Animal Agriculture Industry

Senate Bill 555, the Livestock Disaster Assistance Improvement Act, would improve the effectiveness and timeliness of multiple U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to assist producers of livestock, honey bees, and farmed fish during adverse weather events. The legislation also would provide USDA with direction to help improve the accuracy of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which triggers certain disaster programs. The bill was introduced by Senators John Thune and Ben Ray Luján, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.