USDA needs tools to help farmers
The American Farm Bureau Federation and 41 other farm organizations are calling on Congress to make sure the USDA has the tools it needs to help farmers in times of crisis. The group sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking them to immediately replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the continuing resolution. Without immediate replenishment, funding for farm bill programs could run out as farmers battle low commodity prices, natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.
“For decades, the CCC has been regularly replenished to fund programs that are integral to the agricultural safety net that Congress has worked tirelessly to develop,” the letter said. “Producers rely on programs such as agricultural risk coverage, price loss coverage, dairy margin coverage, marketing assistance loans, conservation programs and many more, as they provide food, fuel and fiber to our country. Without immediate reimbursement from CCC, payments and programs would be significantly delayed, jeopardizing operations across the country. “
While much attention has recently been focused on helping the CCC to farmers to cope with the unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic, it is important to recognize that the CCC is essential in the event of a natural disaster, enabling the ‘USDA to act quickly to provide assistance. The CCC is also central to our nation’s success in advancing conservation efforts, having listed over 140 million acres in USDA conservation programs – more than the land mass of California and New York. reunited. In fact, the CCC is a stabilizing force in American agriculture.
Organizations that signed the letter include the Agricultural Retailers Association, Amcot, American Agri-Women, American Cotton Producers, American Cotton Shippers Association, American Dairy Coalition, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Pulse Association, American Sheep Industry Association, American Soybean Association, American Sugar Alliance, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, Cotton Warehouse Association of America, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Cotton Ginners Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, National Sorgho Producers, National Sunflower Association, Panhandle Peanut Growers Association, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Produce Marketing Association, Rural & Agr iculture Council of America, Society of American Florists, Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, Southern Cotton Growers, Southwest Council of Agribusiness, US Canola Association, US Cattlemen’s Association, United Egg Producers, United States Peanut Federation, US Rice Producers Association, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, USA Rice and the Western Peanut Growers Association.
Read the full letter here.
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