Officials estimate 1,000 head of livestock were lost when tornadoes and severe storms targeted northeast Nebraska last month. U-S Senator Mike Johanns says the new Farm Bill reauthorized and funded programs to help livestock producers that suffer losses due to disasters such as this.
However, Senator Johanns says these livestock producers are likely being short changed. He says the U-S Department of Agriculture apparently is using outdated information in calculating what is owed. He says many farmers are being shorted $300 per head.
Senator Johanns says what USDA is doing is contrary to what is stated in the program under the Farm Bill. He and other Nebraska lawmakers sent a letter urging USDA to use current U-S market values to calculate loss.