WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Livestock producers would receive extended disaster assistance under a bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The measure would revive expired disaster relief programs for cattle and sheep producers.
At this point, it's unclear whether the Senate will act on the bill before it leaves for summer break. Friday is the last day the Senate will be in session until September 10.
While many crop farmers have insurance that provides some protection from the effects of the drought, livestock producers are vulnerable to sharp increases in feed prices resulting from the dry weather.
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