August 16, 1988 |
Despite the drought that has devastated North American crops this summer, most of the rest of the world is having a productive growing season that should help prevent famine over the next year, a new Department of Agriculture study reported Monday.
August 5, 1988 |
Congressional conferees completed work Thursday night on a $3.9-billion drought relief package and sent it to the House and Senate for action next week. Presidential acceptance of the bill, which would be financed with savings from reduced federal crop subsidies, seemed certain after the conferees dropped a number of costly and controversial provisions opposed by the Administration. Peter C.
July 7, 1988 |
A top government farm economist predicted Wednesday that the nation's hefty stockpiles of corn, wheat and other grains should minimize the effect of the searing drought on food supplies and prices this year. Assistant Agriculture Secretary Ewen W. Wilson assured lawmakers and consumers during congressional testimony that, while rain may not be falling much over the nation's heartland, the sky is not falling either.
July 27, 1988 |
House and Senate committees continued to work Tuesday on $5-billion legislation to bail out farmers who have suffered major crop losses in the drought. Both houses are expected to act on the bill by the end of this week. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed strong support for the legislation, which will provide compensation to farmers who suffer devastating losses, in some cases amounting to about 50% of their usual income.