Marshall Seeks Assistance for Kansas Wheat Farmers
Last week, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., alongside House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and 23 other colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting funds included in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers to address price impacts due to COVID-19.
“As Members of Congress representing wheat farmers across the country, we write regarding the deteriorating economic conditions being experienced on the ground now with the 2020 wheat harvest almost complete,” the Members wrote. “Whether it’s farmers who wrapped up harvest in May, those in the field harvesting their crops now, or those looking ahead to harvest in the coming weeks and trying to manage risk by forward contracting their crop, COVID-19 and other factors outside their control are depressing local cash prices and futures prices. So far, relief programs have had minimal applicability to wheat farmers. We ask that you use the resources available through the CARES Act to provide support for 2020 crop losses and to include all classes of wheat."
“We have seen harsh impacts on Kansas agriculture producers this year due to COVID-19, especially for wheat farmers, by no fault of their own,” said Rep. Marshall. “The CARES Act, thanks to the efforts taken by Secretary Perdue and the entire Trump Administration, has been critical to keeping Kansas producers and small businesses viable during this pandemic.“
“The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers is grateful for the leadership from Members of Congress who have sent a letter to Secretary Perdue, requested funding from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for wheat producers,” said Justin Knopf, KAWG President. “Kansas wheat farmers have been heavily affected this year by economic shutdowns, decreased net farm income and decreases in global trade, but have not had access to assistance specific to wheat. This letter demonstrates the significant price drops our farmers have experienced this year and the need for 2020 losses to be covered.”
Read the full letter HERE.