U.S. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska spent the bulk of his day on Thursday discussing the drought with people in his home state.
While in Pierce he spoke with several people who are feeling the effects firsthand. Johanns says experts he's talked with say the lack of rain, combined with incredible heat, has led to disastrous conditions.
The Republican Senator, and former U.S. Ag Secretary is advising producers with crop insurance to keep in contact with their agents, and the local Farm Service Agency for a better understanding of their options. Sen. Mike Johanns, (R-NE) says, "Because that program will be fully funded. The funds necessary to pay those claims will be paid. In the livestock industry, we still have some work to do to fund some programs that did not get funded in the last farm bill four years ago."
Johanns says the Senate version of the new farm bill fixes the livestock issue. He says they need to work with the House to resolve their differences before a final bill can be passed.