Sullivan, Bacon: Help available to farmers who suffered losses due to pandemic

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, June 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 9, 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 Reps. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).

Sullivan 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.

"While these funds are much-needed for Hoosier farmers, there is a limited amount to go around," Sullivan said. "I encourage those who have experienced significant losses to apply for the program immediately. Farmers who do may be better positioned for when the economy fully recovers." 

According to Bacon, to be eligible for assistance, producers of agricultural commodities must have experienced at least a 5% price decline or who 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.

"Farming is a valuable industry to Indiana, and one we want to see continue to thrive and push the state forward," Bacon said. "This assistance may help producers weather the storm caused by COVID-19 until the demand for their crop and livestock returns."

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. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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