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USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Producers

USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Producers

Posted: Mar 31 2021
The USDA has announced it is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the effects of COVID-19 market disruptions.

The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others.

Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.
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