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Tester Leads Bill To Beef Up Livestock Disaster Relief

As part of his continued efforts to advocate for Montana’s family farmers and ranchers, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., this month introduced his bipartisan Livestock Disaster Relief Act with Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to help ensure that Montana’s ranchers receive the relief funding needed to recover from future disasters.

“As a third-generation farmer, I know firsthand how challenging it can be for Montanans when disasters like drought or winter storms strike,” said Tester. “That’s why I’m proud to team up with Senator Hoeven on this bipartisan bill to ensure that Montana ranchers receive the relief they need to respond to future disasters so that they can continue to raise the best cattle in the world.”

Tester’s bipartisan bill will improve the Livestock Forage Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program to better meet the needs of ranchers impacted by natural disasters. Specifically it will: Make changes to the Livestock Forage Program, by: Increasing coverage for monthly feed costs to 80 percent.

Including unweaned cattle in eligible livestock.

Increasing number of months a producer can receive payments. Improving the formula used to calculate monthly feed costs.

Make changes to the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program, by: Specifying drought as a covered adverse weather event.

Removing restrictions on types of covered losses and disasters.

Specifying transportation costs for feed and water as a covered loss.

Tester first introduced his bipartisan legislation as a result of Montana facing severe drought across the state and experiencing one of its most harmful wildfire seasons in the past decade, resulting in decreased feeding capabilities for Montana’s livestock producers.

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