Marshall Applauds Announcement of Direct Payments for Farmers, Livestock Owners
WASHINGTON - President Trump and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday announced details of the USDA’s $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide direct payments to producers impacted by COVID-19.
“Thank you to President Trump and Secretary Perdue for continuing to support our farmers and ranchers as they work each and every day to provide safe, affordable food for all Americans,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. “Farmers and ranchers were the first to experience the impacts of coronavirus, and the pandemic has only made a bad situation worse for many farming and ranching families. This assistance will help many families continue forward with their operations.”
CFAP was authorized under the CARES Act and designed to assist producers who suffered a 5 percent or greater price decline as a result consumer demand, changing supply chains and diminished production capacity. There is a cap on payment levels for each producer.
“Since the start of this pandemic I have worked each and every day to stand up for our livestock owners and farmers and tell their story,” said Rep. Marshall. “I helped lead the charge on getting payments for our livestock owners, and ensuring payment caps were sufficient to meet the needs of our producers. This isn’t the end of our assistance for farmers and ranchers but another opportunity to help our struggling farm families.”
Producers can begin signing up to receive payments Tuesday, May 26, with payments arriving as early as a week after. To ensure the availability of funding throughout the application period, producers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date as funds remain available.