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Farmers May Apply Next Week For New Round Of Direct Federal Payments

Statewide Iowa — Some Iowa farmers could get checks in June as the USDA implements the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

President Trump says 16 BILLION dollars is set aside for direct payments to farmers.

(As above) “These payments will compensate farmers for losses related to the global pandemic,” Trump says.

Marty Smith, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, attended this week’s White House event to highlight the program. Smith thanked Trump and Congress for the assistance, which he says will help some farmers stay in business.

(As above) “America’s farmers and ranchers continue to work around the clock to feed the public, to feed all of our nation,” Smith said, “to feed a large part of the world.”

Farmers can start signing up for the assistance on May 26th. Most payments will be based on 2019 production. Livestock producers who raise cattle, sheep and hogs are eligible. Farmers who raise crops like corn, soybeans and oats are eligible to apply, as well.