As serious drought conditions continue to creep across nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states, USDA officials are fanning out to rural communities across the country to show support to farmers and ranchers affected by a string of extreme weather in 2012. Today, under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services Michael Scuse tours Indiana, a state now experiencing increasing levels of drought. In the weeks ahead, additional USDA subcabinet leaders will travel to Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and other states to augment ongoing assistance from state-level USDA staff. USDA officials will also provide guidance on the department’s existing disaster resources and remind producers to keep thorough records of losses as the department’s authority to operate the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, 2011.

U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing one of its most productive periods in American history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of U.S. producers. A strong farm safety net is important to sustain the success of American agriculture.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

8:30 a.m. EDT

WHAT: Under Secretary Scuse to tour farms and businesses affected by 2012 disasters

WHERE: Randy Schaefer Farm

14024 Hildebrand Rd.

Fort Wayne, IN 46723

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2:30 p.m. EDT

WHAT: Under Secretary Scuse to tour farms and businesses affected by 2012 disasters

WHERE: John and Brian Scott Farm

Meet at 1300 E and approximately 450 North
Idaville, IN 47950

(4 ½ miles north of Willie Motes Salvage Yard; look for tent near field)

 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

10:15 a.m. EDT

WHAT: Under Secretary Scuse to tour farms and businesses affected by 2012 disasters.

WHERE: Kelsay Farms
6848 N 250 E
Whiteland, IN 46184