|6/17/2020 1:24:00 PM|
Help available for farmers, and producers who have been impacted by COVID
Local farmers and agricultural producers directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).
The initiative is providing $16 billion in direct relief payments for those in the agriculture industry experiencing income losses as a result of decreased demand for their products.
"Many of our farmers have spent generations serving the community with the fruits of their labor," Lucas said. "Through this assistance, farmers and producers could limit the impact of their losses, survive this economic challenge and continue feeding fellow Hoosiers."
To be eligible for assistance, producers of agricultural commodities must have experienced at least a 5% price decline or had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Eligible products include specialty and non-specialty crops, wool, livestock and dairy.
Applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program are open through Aug. 28 and available through the Farm Service Agency at local USDA Service Centers. Here in Jennings, the telephone number is 812-346-3411 extension 2. For more information including eligibility requirements and finding local service centers, visit farmers.gov/cfap.
Additionally, the USDA is supporting agricultural producers by purchasing $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat to be distributed to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits who serve those in need.
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