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Funding recipients include timber harvesters, biofuels, dairy farmers and processors, livestock farmers and contract growers of poultry, assistance for organic cost share, and grants for PPEAs part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, it was announced that additional aid would be given to ag producers and businesses, with an intent to address gaps and disparities which resulted from previous aid programs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “USDA is honoring its commitment to get financial assistance to producers and critical agricultural businesses, especially those left out or underserved by previous COVID aid.” He added that these investments will help our food, agriculture and forestry sectors get back on track and plan for the future.
Breakdown of New Funding AllocationsOut of the $6 billion in funds available (as stated by the USDA in March 2021), here is the implementation plan within 60 days that will focus on those that need support most: Small, family-owned timber harvesting and hauling businesses: $200 million Biofuels producers: $700 million Dairy farmers and processors:
- $400 million: The new Dairy Donation Program to address food insecurity and mitigate food waste and loss
- Additional pandemic payments targeted to dairy farmers that have demonstrated losses that have not been covered by previous pandemic assistance
- Approximately $580 million: Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage for small and medium farms
- Contract growers of poultry
- Livestock and poultry producers forced to euthanize animals during the pandemic (March 1, 2020 through December 26, 2020)