"Farmers often operate on shoestring budgets with tight margins and limited cash flow," Butterfield said. "If farmers are unable to go to market due to crop losses, and it takes several months to receive a Supplemental Revenue Assistance payment or insurance, then they cannot pay employees, purchase new equipment, or prepare for the next growing season."

Butterfield said it can take up to a full year for farmers to receive disaster assistance. Other sponsors are Reps. Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Brad Miller, David Price, Heath Shuler and Mel Watt.