Gordley Associates, the policy consultants to the U.S. pulse industry prepared the following summary of the major provisions of the CARES Act Agriculture Provisions.

Coronavirus Assistance/Stimulus bill Provides Funding for Agriculture, USDA, Commodity Credit Corporation, and Food Programs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides $9.5 billion in emergency COVID-19 response funding to support agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, and livestock producers. The bill includes language that replenishes the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) borrowing authority by $14 billion.

IMPACT: 
- $450 million for Emergency Food Assistance. 
- $14 billion to replenish the CCC which could be used for another MFP payment. 
- $425 Million to boost federal agencies like APHIS, Inspection services, etc.

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