USDA Approves Disaster Relief For Sugarbeet Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U-S Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has made additional disaster assistance available to ag producers affected by bad weather, including sugar beet growers in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming.

The aid is coming from the USDA Wildfires and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus.

Nebraska Sugarbeet Growers Association President Kendall Busch says the problems for growers who contract with the Western Sugar Cooperative began with the severe freezes last October that caused losses to both harvested and unharvested beets.

Busch, who farms in the Mitchell area, says other sugar cooperatives also suffered from the weather. The USDA is entering into agreements with six sugarbeet processing cooperatives, including Western Sugar, to distribute $285 million to grower members who experienced loss.

Busch says area producers don’t have a figure from Western Sugar yet, but however much it is will definitely help out the growers.

Senators Deb Fischer, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, John Hoeven of North Dakota, and others led the way in getting assistance for sugar beet growers.

Fischer says “Nebraska’s sugarbeet growers are facing tough times because of severe weather over the past two years,” so she’s pleased that USDA worked quickly to make the disaster relief available to them – adding that it will “help families recover from losses and get back on their feet.”

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