Farmers, ranchers affected by pandemic to receive additional assistance

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Cows on pasture at the University of Vermont dairy farm eat hay Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the school worried about who would take care of the cows, normally tended to by students. In no time, dozens of alumni and students of a particular agriculture program clamored to spend their spring and summer caring for the Holsteins. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) –  The USDA has expanded the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, offering $14 million in aid to American farmers and ranchers facing market disruptions and other issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the funds will help those working in agriculture who have struggled to stay in business throughout the pandemic.

“This has been an exceptionally tough year for most Americans,” Strain said. “It’s imperative we keep our agriculture producers operating so we can at least sustain our food supply chain.”

The funds are available through the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and the CARES Act to support the production of special crops, row crops, livestock, dairy, aquaculture and other commodities, according to Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry spokesperson Veronica Mosgrove.

Agricultural workers can sign up to receive assistance starting Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Dec. 11.

Visit www.farmers.gov/coronavirus for more information.

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