Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Farmers Need Economic Aid

News / In The News March 25, 2020

Farm groups say aid for rural America is critical, and they are commending the U.S. Senate for agreeing on a $2 trillion response, relief and stimulus package and urging its passage, reports Capital Press.

“Farmers and ranchers face enormous volatility as markets and supply chains rapidly react to changes, but I’ll say again that farmers and ranchers will not let Americans down,” Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, said. “All members of Congress must understand that farmers have almost no control over the prices of goods we produce, so fulfilling our commitment to America requires a team effort."

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Behind every devastating drop in cattle, corn, ethanol and other crop futures, there are farm and ranch families with suddenly shaky futures.

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From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country. Corn, cotton and soybean futures have tumbled, ethanol plants have been idled, and some fruit and vegetable farmers are finding their best option is leaving produce in the field.

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