May 20, 2020– The Maryland Farm Bureau welcomes today’s announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture detailing how $16 billion in direct payments to farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be distributed.
Payments will go directly to farmers who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price loss and who are facing significant marketing costs due to the coronavirus. Eligible commodities include cattle, hog, dairy, specialty crops and row crops. Payments will be limited to $250,000 per person.
“This aid is vital for Maryland farmers as many face unprecedented struggles and mounting losses,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President, Wayne Stafford. “We are grateful to the Administration and Congress for hearing American agriculture’s need as we try to recover from the breakdown of our normal distribution channels and lost markets.”
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Background on CFAP Direct Payments: