Planting season is upon us and we’re covering a new Pest Profile with Dr. Audrey Kalil, Plant Pathologist at North Dakota State University’s Williston Research Extension Center (NDSU). Pest Profiles highlight researcher and their insights on current topics surrounding pest management, resources and more.
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.
- $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.