South Dakota Senator John Thune’s legislation to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System has passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. South Dakota Corn Growers Vice President Keith Alverson who serves on the National Corn Board says this measure is important for producers who are constantly dealing with risk and weather uncertainties.
The legislation which is a long term plan for drought monitoring, forecasting, research and education is extended for five years under the reauthorization. It also includes an improved early warning system of timely and accurate drought information. Alverson says having an extended program is critical.
Alverson is hoping the Senate will have time to move this legislation forward and provide these needed tools for producers.