“Today at the White House, President Trump and I announced a $19 billion program to support the farmers who’ve been affected by these disruptions and maintain the integrity of our food supply chain…” – Sonny Perdue
The disruptions to the food supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been unprecedented, causing falling commodity prices, imbalanced supply and demand, shuttered manufacturing facilities and excess perishable products that have been dumped, left to rot or plowed under.
On April 17, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, a $19 billion relief program designed to provide critical support to farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain, and ensure that Americans have access to the food they need.
CFAP includes $16 billion dollars in direct support to farmers and ranchers based on actual losses caused by the pandemic. It also includes $3 billion dollars to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat that will be distributed to food banks and other non-profits serving Americans in need.
For this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we’ll hear from Sonny Perdue, who outlines the CFAP relief package and then takes questions from the press.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)