CFAP pays out $1.4 billion to U.S. farmers

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Sonny Perdue speaks during a food distribution event at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds. (Farm and Dairy file photo)

Farmers received more than $1.4 billion in direct payments through the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report June 8 on the first round of payments from the $16 billion federal program aimed at helping farmers impacted by COVID-19.

More than $22.1 million went to Ohio farmers, $32.5 million to Pennsylvania farmers and $1.5 million to West Virginia.

Since the application period opened May 26, payments were made to 81,261 producers nationwide. The application period ends Aug. 28. Farmers should apply through their local Farm Service Agency office.

The direct payment funding is drawn from $9.5 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability Act and $6.5 billion from the Commodity Credit Corporation.


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Rachel is a reporter with Farm and Dairy and a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She married a fourth-generation beef and sheep farmer and settled down in her hometown in Beaver County. Before coming to Farm and Dairy, she worked at several daily and weekly newspapers throughout Western Pennsylvania covering everything from education and community news to police and courts.



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