Drought assistance might be a tough sell as the drought intensifies and a record year of government payments

Ag groups are concerned disaster assistance will be a tough sell as drought intensifies across the nation. The latest drought monitor shows more than 60 percent of the country in some kind of drought.

The worst is in the west, with 90 percent of the area covered. The lack of moisture concerns groups, especially as some face the possibility of not producing a crop.

National Sorghum Producers’s CEO Tim Lust says that items like WHIP+ and WHIP 2020 are vital for those that do not have a crop. He fears it will be tough for Congress to pass funding after a record year of government payments, but he hopes they step up and deliver the help producers need.