USDA unveils plans for coronavirus funding

U.S. farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus could receive at least some aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the end of May.

On April 17, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and President Donald Trump announced a $19 billion program made up of two parts.

“First, there will be $16 billion in direct payments to our farmers and ranchers who have experienced unprecedented losses during this pandemic,” Perdue said. “For this portion of the program, our economists and USDA evaluated commodity specific losses occurring during the mid-January to mid-April time frame for immediate assistance.”

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