The designations allow farmers impacted by the storms to apply for Farm Service Agency funds.
The agency's push comes as it tries to reach a 25% reduction in salmonella illnesses.
Telehealth advocates testify during Senate hearing to make emergency measures permanent.
The loans and grants stem from USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.
The groups delivered a clear message to negotiators: don't cut the plan's agricultural provisions.