Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Help Coming to America’s Farmers

News / In The News April 14, 2020

Up to $15.5 billion could soon be on the way to farmers under a USDA plan to fight the economic effects of coronavirus.

“It’s not enough to cover all of agriculture, but we see it as a first step,” said Andrew Walmsley, director of Congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest farmer trade group.

“We expect there will be more aid going forward.”

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