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Coats Discusses Impact of Drought on Indiana, Calls on Congress to Pass Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – With a drought currently impacting over 60 percent of the continental United States and almost all of Indiana, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor about the impact of the drought on Hoosiers and called on Congress to act on the pending farm bill.

Coats said, “I continue to hear from farmers and producers from all over Indiana who are feeling the economic impact of this drought. Not only is the heat choking major commodity and food crops like corn and soybeans, it is also disrupting forage and feed supplies, forcing producers to either purchase feed at rising prices or sell their animals.

“The weather isn’t the only unpredictable factor causing problems for farmers and producers. Congress is also contributing to the uncertainty. As cornfields dry up across the heartland, Congress continues to stall on the farm bill.”

Click here or on the image below to view an excerpt of the senator’s remarks.

Coats supported the bipartisan farm bill that passed the Senate in June. The House is currently considering its version of the legislation.