Sorghum Notes--House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill with CCC Funding and CFAP 2 FundingMon, 28 Sep 2020 08:34:34 CDT
The House approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running through December 11. It was designed to be a “clean” CR but does include replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which funds much of the farm bill, including the Commodity Title, the Conservation Title and key Trade Title programs, as well past trade aid and this year’s COVID-19 relief. House Democrats initially excluded CCC replenishment from the CR, spurring House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Michael Conaway (R-TX) to offer an amendment to replenish the CCC and continue the pandemic EBT program to provide payments to families with children who are not receiving their regular school meals because schools are closed.
When the amendment was ruled out of order, the White House and other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle protested, and the House Majority relented. By Tuesday evening, the House overwhelmingly passed the CR with CCC funding (359-57). In addition to government funding, the measure extends authority for USDA to collect fees for grain inspection and weighing services and conduct activities related to grain export and domestic markets through September 30, 2021. The bill now makes its way to the GOP-controlled Senate where it is expected to be considered next week.
USDA Officially Begins CFAP 2 Sign-up
We noted and detailed the announcement of version two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) in last week's newsletter. Updates have been and are continuing to be made at the www.farmers.gov/CFAP website. There are a few issues and details National Sorghum Producers is working with officials to get straight.
Grain sorghum is eligible for CFAP 2 payments. Grain sorghum and dual-purpose sorghum designated for silage with FSA are also eligible. However, forage sorghum is ineligible. Please continue to ask questions and provide feedback on your experiences. Farmers can call 800-658-9808 or email email@example.com.
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