Following President Donald Trump’s signing of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package, nearly 150 Members of Congress penned a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “quickly deliver relief to producers as we work to lessen the economic impact of this pandemic”.
The bipartisan letter, led by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NM), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was sent on Wednesday and specifically asks USDA for “swift assistance for cattle producers with the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act”.
USCA is now finalizing details with both Congress and the Administration on how the pricing mechanisms within the payment program will operate. We remain strongly opposed to any of the $9.5 billion set-aside for livestock producers, specialty crop producers, and local food markets to be paid out to corporate meatpackers. Our COVID19 Producer Task Force is meeting regularly to iron out the details and we will continue to update you all with new information as it is received.