Ellington: Help available to farmers who suffered losses due to pandemic

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, June 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 17, 2020) — 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. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

Ellington said 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.

"We depend on Hoosier farmers and ranchers for so much of our food and other products," Ellington said. "For many reasons, the agriculture industry is seeing lower demands for their goods and services. Until our communities can fully recover from this crisis, financial assistance is critical to help keep this essential part of our economy going."

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.

Ellington said applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program are open through Aug. 28 and available through the Farm Service Agency at local USDA Service Centers. 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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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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