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House Ag Committee Advances Disaster Aid Bill for 2020 and 2021

Today, the House Agriculture Committee advanced the 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act (H.R. 267), which would provide authorization for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) in 2020 and 2021. This legislation would broaden the assistance available via WHIP+ and authorize $8.5 billion in disaster aid for eligible causes of loss.

“NAWG is pleased to see the House Agriculture Committee working in a bipartisan fashion to deliver much-needed assistance to growers impacted by natural disasters,” said NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “Currently, wheat growers in the upper plains and across the western United States are experiencing an unprecedented drought. This legislation makes meaningful improvements to WHIP+, particularly in the trigger for drought assistance, excessive heat, and freeze. 

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Ethanol, predominately made from corn, has been a federal mainstay in the U.S. gasoline supply for more than 15 years. Over the past few weeks, the ethanol industry has been enduring increasing pressure from its opponents over blending everywhere from the refinery to the pump.