Farm Bureau pleased with ag assistance in stimulus bill
March 25, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: News
American Farm Bureau chief economist John Newton says they’re pleased that funds to assist ag producers are part of the Senate’s economic stimulus package.
“With the replenishment of funding to the CCC, and
then the 9.5 billion that the Secretary has, he’s going to have some resources
available to help folks impacted by the COVID virus,” Newton says.
It will be up to USDA to decide how those dollars get
distributed, he says. A special program for cattle producers seems likely and
there’s been talk of another round of MFP payments to crop growers.
But Newton says an MFP-3 probably depends on how
trade with China develops.
“China has done a number of things to take down
some of these non-tariff barriers to trade, which to me is a real indicator
that they intend to try to live up to their phase one commitment,” he says. “So
we’ll continue to evaluate trade and if more resources are need to make sure
that farmers, financially, can continue, I think we’ll be there trying to do
The agreement includes a 14 billion dollar increase in USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation and 9.5 billion dollars to assist livestock operators, specialty crop producers and local food systems.
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