GALLUP, N.M. – Outgoing Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has extended the tribe’s crop insurance amid ongoing extreme drought conditions.
The Gallup Independent reports Begaye signed the insurance contract earlier this month. He says it will protect the tribe’s pastures, rangelands and forage acreage from losses due to scant rainfall.
Federal drought monitor maps show much of the reservation remains under exceptional or extreme drought – the two worst conditions.
The crop insurance is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance Program.