Perdue says CFAP2 will address cattle industry concerns about April 15th cutoff date

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue addresses reporters Friday at a news conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was joined by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says rules for the next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance (CFAP) payments will be announced next week. 

Secretary Perdue says CFAP2 will address cattle producer concerns about the April 15th cutoff date in CFAP1.

“There was kind of a cliff drop-off over the April 15th date,” Perdue says. “The initial CFAP of the 16 billion in direct payment went through April 15th and it was a huge difference between whether you sold your cattle inventory prior to April 15th or afterwards.  This CFAP2 will help to smooth that out.”

But Perdue told reporters in Iowa on Thursday that CFAP2 will not include payments to biofuels producers.  He said USDA will need additional authority from Congress to assist processors of ag commodities.

Perdue made his comments Friday during a stop at the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

AUDIO: Sonny Perdue

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