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USDA Coronavirus Funds Tagged For Livestock Producers, But Relief May Be a Month Away, Says NCBA's Colin Woodall
Mon, 20 Apr 2020 09:50:50 CDT
With losses mounting, livestock producers were pleased to learn over the weekend that federal relief funds are headed their way. However, relief could be a month away. Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays over the weekend and expressed optimism about the coronavirus food assistance program.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Colin Woodall
We appreciate USDA Sec. Perdue rolling this out, Woodall said. The good news is we received $5.1 billion, the majority of the $9.5 billion total included in the CARES Act passed earlier by Congress, Woodall said.
He noted this will not fill all the gaps, but we realize the secretary is trying to do everything to get as much money to as many people as possible.
The aid package is based on the losses the cattle industry suffered in the first few months of the year and Woodall said this may not be the last opportunity for Congress to work on additional relief funds.
That will be a priority for us when Congress returns to Washington, D.C., Woodall said.
The funds will be distributed through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and there are still some details that need to be worked out.
We could be at least a month away from knowing all the rules on applying and how losses will be calculated, Woodall said.
The NCBA leader encouraged producers to work now on accurately documenting all their losses.
“A lot of folks have them in calf books, “Woodall said. “Make sure you are putting them in spreadsheets, putting them in a more formal format so you will have all the documentation to show your losses to the FSA office to ensure you will get your check as quickly as possible.”
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