-Producers of any commercial crop would be eligible for disaster payments under drought-relief legislation passed by both chambers, if they lost more than 35 percent of their 1988 harvest due to drought.-Producers of crops covered by federal farm programs and those that are not would be equally eligible for the payments, which would equal 65 percent of their losses over the 35 percent threshold.
-Under the House version, farmers also would be eligible if the damage were caused by hail, floods or other natural disasters.
-Growers whose crops were severely damaged would be eligible for supplemental payments. Under the House bill, this would amount to an additional 30 percent of losses over 75 percent of expected harvest. The Senate version would cover an additional 20 percent of losses over 75 percent.
EMERGENCY FEED SUPPLIES
-A special program would reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of replacement feed purchased during the emergency, allow sale of government-owned feed at reduced rates, donate government feed to producers unable to purchase it, pay up to 50 percent of some feed transportation costs and provide up to half the cost of deepening wells and certain other steps needed to water livestock.
Livestock producers already eligible for existing government feed programs and those in areas where USDA determines a feed emergency exists would be eligible.
-Under the House bill, farmers would be required to buy federal crop insurance for the next two crop years to be eligible for disaster payments.