FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2021
Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600
WASHINGTON – In its latest move to facilitate pandemic recovery, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced additional aid for agricultural producers and businesses, including timber harvesters, biofuels producers, dairy farmers and processors, and livestock farmers and contract poultry growers. The initiative also includes funding to help cover the cost of organic certification and pandemic safety measures. In this round of relief, the agency says it will focus on “filling gaps in previous rounds of assistance and helping beginning, socially disadvantaged and small and medium sized producers that need support most.”
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the announcement:
“As more and more Americans get vaccinated, things are slowly returning to normal – but many businesses, including farms and ranches, are still feeling the lingering financial impacts of the pandemic. Throughout this crisis, we’ve appreciated USDA’s efforts to offer family farmers the help they’ve needed to stay solvent despite market and supply chain disruptions; the additional support announced today, along with last week’s news about the Build Back Better plan, will help offset any remaining losses and begin to lay down the foundation for a more secure, competitive, and resilient food system.”
National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.