August 30, 2019

Young Applauds USDA Disaster Designation for Indiana Counties

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) disaster declaration for most Indiana counties following adverse weather conditions that affected crop progress this summer.

In July, Senator Young, Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Representatives Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN-08), Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05), André Carson (D-IN-07), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-09), Jim Banks (R-IN-03), James R. Baird (R-IN-04), and Greg Pence (R-IN-06) sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in strong support of a Secretarial disaster designation in 88 counties. The letter followed a joint request for the designation from Governor Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Crouch and the Indiana USDA State Emergency Board.

“This designation means that Hoosiers can apply for emergency loans and risk management tools, which is welcome news because every bit of relief is needed to get our struggling farmers through this growing season,” said Senator Young. “I will continue working with Governor Holcomb and the USDA on behalf of all Hoosier farmers.”

Click here to view the USDA’s designation notice.

Senator Young also led Indiana’s congressional delegation on a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue in June regarding the planting hardship in Indiana. In response, USDA extended the crop acreage reporting deadline for Indiana and other agriculture states impacted by flooding.