USDA offering program to help grain producers

WASHINGTON, D.C.(DRGNews)- A new US Department of Agriculture program is assisting grain producers in three states with rebuilding on-farm grain storage sites after facilities were destroyed by natural disasters this past year.

US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux (do-sha-no) says operations in South Dakota, Minnesota and Kentucky are eligible to apply for the $20 million in cost-share assistance.

Ducheneaux says operations in South Dakota are eligible for this new, on-site grain storage program because of derechos that hit in May and July of this year.

He says USDA knows the grain storage facilities need to be rebuilt– soon.

Operations in Kentucky are eligible because of tornadoes that ripped through 11 counties last year (2021).

USDA is still working through the details of the program. More information will be released in the coming months.