Food and agriculture groups welcome the new COVID-19 relief package.
Congress this week agreed on a $900 billion stimulus package, which includes up to $13 billion that directly benefits agriculture.
Nearly $1 billion will support a dairy donation program and supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage payments.
More help is available to specialty and non-specialty crop growers, and the Paycheck Protection Program will be expanded.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “We’re pleased that Congress understands the toll the pandemic continues to take on farmers.”
National Farmers Union President Rob Larew states, “The fact that a stimulus package has, at long last, been passed is certainly a relief.”
And, National Corn Growers Association President John Linder says the assistance “will go a long way in providing the certainty” farmers need to recover from the coronavirus.
Finally, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern says, “We thank Congress for its leadership, and we look forward to working with USDA in implementing this legislation.”