House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D-MN) says that turkey growers weren’t treated fairly in the first round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and he wants them to be included in the next round of coronavirus aid to come out of Congress.
“The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payment is based on how much damage was done by COVID-19,” he said at the Minnesota Turkey Growers annual meeting. “In my opinion, there were many producers who weren’t treated correctly by this program, including turkey producers.”
Sarah Anderson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers, said her group would absolutely like to be included in the next round of aid from CFAP.
“We’ve been working to provide data to the USDA so they know how much financial assistance growers will need,” Anderson said. “We’ve seen a loss in production for growers, so we want to make sure they’re covered.”
North Carolina is the nation’s second largest turkey producing state behind Minnesota.