What They Are Saying--Trump Administration Provides Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the CoronavirusFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:12:34 CDT
Earlier today, President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. After listening to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations' farms and ranches, USDA developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted. The praise for CFAP 2 has been widespread. Here is what they are saying:
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: This lifeline will keep farmers and ranchers afloat as they continue to keep America's pantries stocked.
Sen. John Boozman (AR): Farmers & ranchers have long struggled with low commodity prices, volatile weather & unfair trade. Unfortunately, additional challenges brought on by COVID have amplified an already tough situation. I applaud @realDonaldTrump & @SecretarySonny for making more assistance available.
Sen. Steve Daines (MT): Great news for farmers and ranchers in Montana. Glad @USDA and @SecretarySonny acted on my request to ensure all classes of wheat are eligible for CFAP as well.
Sen. Joni Ernst (IA): This additional support will help our producers as they continue to navigate the challenges created by the pandemic. I especially applaud the USDA for heeding my calls to include Iowa's turkey farmers in this new round of relief.
Sen. Deb Fischer (NE): I appreciate @realDonaldTrump looking out for rural America and providing this $13 billion in relief for our ag producers.
Sen. John Hoeven (ND): We appreciate President Trump and his administration's support for our farmers and ranchers.
Sen. Jim Risch (ID): Thank you @realDonaldTrump & @SecretarySonny for extending the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 to Idaho commodities like wheat & mink while improving support for our potatoes, dairy & beef.
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS): Once again, I thank President Trump and Secretary Perdue for their efforts to ensure American farmers, ranchers, and growers can continue to feed the country and the world amidst depressed commodity prices and disrupted markets.
Sen. John Thune (SD): Good to see this admin supporting American farmers & ranchers.
Sen. Thom Tillis (NC): I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Perdue for providing a second round of funding to help North Carolina farmers and including much-needed relief for tobacco farmers across the state.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (ND): America's farmers and ranchers are patriots who feed, fuel, and clothe the world. I applaud President @realDonaldTrump and @SecretarySonny for protecting them as the country reopens and demand for their products returns.
Rep. Troy Balderson (OH): Thank you @SecretarySonny for reopening the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program! I was proud to help create this program through the #CARESAct. This will support Ohio families' access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure COVID.
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX): I want to thank the President for his announcement of $14 billion in new aid to America's hard working farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers. This aid is vital to helping our farm and ranch families weather the current economic storm.
Rep. Frank Lucas (OK): I thank Secretary Perdue and USDA for addressing the needs of Oklahoma's hard red winter wheat growers, expanding CFAP eligibility to include all wheat classes. As producers continue to provide food, fuel, and fiber for consumers, I will continue to work with USDA to ensure these changes can be implemented to best help Oklahoma's wheat growers.
Rep. Roger Marshall (KS): This second round of payments continues this administration's commitment to the agriculture industry and includes all Kansas wheat farmers, many of which were left out of the first round of payments. It is essential we continue to provide our hardworking farmers, ranchers and farm families with the resources and assistance necessary to continue providing Americans and the world the safest, highest quality, and most affordable food supply in the world.
Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA): Over the past few months, I have worked with Secretary Perdue to advocate for our agriculture commodities that were originally left out of the CFAP, including apples, potatoes, sweet cherries, hops, wine grapes, and wheat; these industries are huge economic drivers for our state, and now they will be included. This assistance will provide desperately-needed relief to our hard-working producers and allow them to continue feeding the world through this pandemic and into the future. Thank you, Secretary Perdue, for listening to the voices of Central Washington's farmers and ranchers.
Rep. Tom Reed (WA): Earlier this month, we urged @SecretarySonny and the @USDA to expand the #CFAP program to include our nation's wine grape growers. Thank you for ensuring all of our farmers and agricultural producers have access to the relief they deserve!
Rep.Greg Steube (FL): More promising news for America's farmers! Thank you to @SecretarySonny for expanding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) by $14 billion. We owe it to the farmers and producers feeding our families as they bounce back from COVID-19.
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr.: Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates a second round of USDA coronavirus food assistance to make it through the market impacts of this ongoing pandemic. Today's announcement of CFAP 2 comes at a critical time for Illinois farmers entering harvest and an eighth consecutive year of depressed farm income, increased market pressures and below breakeven prices- Our thanks go to President Trump, Secretary Perdue and Congress for their leadership in making this round of disaster assistance available.
Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) President Carl Jardon: ICGA thanks the Trump Administration and Secretary Perdue for understanding and providing aid to corn farmers who have experienced the worst year of market demand loss due to COVID-19 on top of extreme weather conditions.
National Milk Producers Federation: We thank President @realDonaldTrump and @SecretarySonny for providing additional support to #dairy farmers through @USDA's latest round of disaster assistance, as well as Congress for providing the funding in the CARES Act earlier this year.
National Potato Council President Britt Raybould: We're pleased to see USDA has listened to the feedback of #potato growers and created a simplified program that reflects the true impact that government-mandated food service disruptions have had on our industry.
TN Farm Bureau: #CFAP2 - $14 BILLION more to farmers thanks to @POTUS and @SecretarySonny! It's been a tough time for all of us, and we're grateful for the support our most important industry and those who provide us with food, fiber and fuel has received.
National Turkey Federation: Next round of @USDA aid includes eligibility for independent urkey farmers! NTF thanks @realDonaldTrump & @SecretarySonny for addressing the needs of the ?? industry in #CFAP2.
National Association of Wheat Growers: NAWG thanks Secretary Perdue and his staff for taking our feedback these past several months and expresses great appreciation for making producers of all classes of wheat eligible for CFAP payments
Stewart Cathey, Chairman of the Louisiana Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development regarding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program: The additional $14 billion dollars in assistance will help ensure the resiliency of our Louisiana producers and alleviate the impact of the pandemic on our agriculture industry. We are greatly appreciative for USDA's recognition of Louisiana's challenges and swift response to stabilize the livelihood of our producers and industry as a whole.
Commissioner Doug Goehring, North Dakota Department of Agriculture: I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Perdue for listening to our farmers and ranchers and modifying the program to cover more commodities to help meet the needs of those impacted in our agriculture community.
Louisiana Representative Jack McFarland, chair of the House Committee on Agriculture: I want to thank you and President Trump for your continues support of our farmers as they deal with losses because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Secretary Mike Naig, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: I want to thank President Trump and the USDA for continuing to support our farmers as they battle persistent economic hardships.
Commissioner Rick Pate, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries: I want to thank President Trump and his team at USDA for the much-needed assistance. Our farmers and Ranchers have fed this nation during these challenging times at a substantial financial loss. These funds, along with programs being implemented by our department, will hopefully help agriculture in Alabama.
Commissioner Mike Strain, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry: In Louisiana, we are very pleased and grateful for today's announcement of CFAP-2 payments to be implemented beginning Sept. 21- This needed assistance could not have arrived at a more critical time and will markedly help provide stability and enable many farmers to recover and rebuild their operations.
Commissioner Steve Troxler, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: I am certainly thankful that the administration and USDA included four major North Carolina crops in the latest round of coronavirus relief funding. Sweet potato, tobacco, hemp and Christmas tree growers will be eligible under the latest version of the program, which includes up to an additional $14 billion- I want to personally thank President Trump, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and administration chief of staff Mark Meadows for helping our family farmers.
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