Help On the Way For Farmers Soon?
If you are a farmer it does not make any difference what crops you grow, or what species of livestock you produce, you are wondering how you will stay in business. The fallout from COVID-19 has affected everyone. Here is a little bit of good news, maybe a ray of hope. Help should be on the way soon from the USDA.
The COVID-19 aid package Congress passed and President Trump signed into law restored funds in the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC.) That is where the funds came from when farmers received Market Facilitation payments because of the trade war with China.
I read on Pro Farmer yesterday where Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was quoted on the Fox Business Network that his department hopes to get direct payments to farmers struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic "very soon." Payments of the initial tranche would "probably" be in the $16 to $18 billion range.
Gary Kunz County FSA Director in Rice and Le Sueur County told me when they get the software from the USDA and the authorization processing the payments to farmers will be the "top priority" of all FSA offices.