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Coleman cosponsors disaster relief bill for farmers

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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MN Senator Says Relief Bill Needed If Conditions Continue and Crop Insurance Falls Short

Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has joined Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Arkansas Democrats, in cosponsoring a disaster relief bill for U.S. farm families stricken by drought and other natural disasters.

“I am concerned that some 50 counties in Minnesota have met the threshold for a formal disaster declaration, said Coleman. While I will lend a hand to the Governor in securing that disaster declaration and the low interest loans it triggers, I am concerned that if conditions continue and crop insurance falls short, that additional relief will be necessary. The bipartisan bill I cosponsor would provide this relie,” Coleman said.

The bill, S. 1309, would provide the same level of disaster assistance to U.S. farm families as provided in the 1998 crop year that was included in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1999.

“With some luck from Mother Nature and nearly 90 percent of eligible acreage in Minnesota enrolled in crop insurance at higher coverage levels made possible by the 2001 Federal Crop Insurance improvements, I am hopeful that our farm families will have the protection they need to weather this drought, Coleman added. But, if this falls short, the bipartisan bill I am cosponsoring would help,” Coleman said.

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