Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Farmers Need a Helping Hand

News / In The News August 7, 2020

In a joint op-ed published in The Cedar Rapids Gazette, AFBF President Zippy Duvall and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll highlighted the increasing stress farmers are experiencing and what their two organizations are doing to help.

 

“Farmers need to know that sometimes it’s OK not to be OK, and that there are times when you need to be able to reach out to someone who can offer empathy and support,” they wrote.

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The decision by House lawmakers to include a reimbursement of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America’s farmers. The measure passed tonight and will now go to the Senate. Funds from the CCC support farm programs ranging from conservation to risk management. The CCC was dangerously close to running out of funds, which would have effectively shut down the farm safety net.

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The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have an immediate impact on the 2020 presidential election by adding another unique element to a campaign that is anything but ordinary.

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