USDA has added additional commodities to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and extended the deadline to September 11 for producers to apply for the program, a request by agriculture organizations.
The changes follow USDA review of more than 1,700 responses from the public. The announcement expands the types of specialty crops covered under the program, as well as liquid eggs, frozen eggs and all sheep, and aquaculture and horticulture products.
Farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, requested the changes in a recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The coalition cited the low number of participants and that roughly half of the near $16 billion of aid is still available.
Perdue said the announcement shows “President Trump is standing with America’s farmers and ranchers to ensure they get through this pandemic.”