JEFFERSON CO. – A $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to help farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was unveiled by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) Sonny Perdue Friday.
Under the program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers. The bulk of the money, $9.6 billion, is designated for livestock producers. The program also includes $3.9 billion for row crop producers, $2.1 billion for specialty crops producers and $500 million for other crops.
Vice President of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau John Howard said there are a lot of details left to be revealed in the coming days.
According to Howard, in order to qualify, a certain commodity has to have experienced a 5% decline in price since the first of the year.