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The Department of Agriculture has announced a $19 billion program that combines direct payments to producers and $3 billion in commodity purchases for distribution through food banks and faith-based organizations.
Producers will receive a single payment based on calculations of losses in two periods: from the beginning of the year to April 15 and from April 15 through the end of September. Producers will be compensated for 85% of the price loss experienced during the early period and 30% of expected losses for the second period. Only commodities that experienced at least a 5% decrease in prices between the beginning of the year and mid-April will be eligible.
Breakdown of allotment:
• $9.6 billion for the livestock industry
• $5.1 billion for cattle
• $2.9 billion for dairy
• $1.6 billion for hogs
• $3.9 billion for row crop producers
• $2.1 billion for specialty crops producers
• $500 million for others crops
The SBA reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan application to agriculture businesses that were previously not eligible. See the businesses page for more information on the SBA programs.