ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – Harm is being finished to many sectors of the U.S. economic system due to the COVID-19 risk, and the farming trade isn’t immune.
However a authorities help bundle introduced this week is predicted to make a distinction for farmers and meals banks.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Division of Agriculture revealed particulars of the Coronavirus Meals Help Program, which is able to present as much as $16-billion in direct funds to farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic.
Woodburn grain and livestock farmer Roger Hadley says the aid bundle is way wanted at a time when farmers have been damage by issues just like the shutdown of colleges and the slowdown of eating places that purchase lots of their merchandise.
Meals banks are benefiting from help too.
Underneath the USDA’s Farmers to Households Meals Field Program, Prairie Farms gained a contract to offer milk, cottage cheese and different dairy items to Group Harvest Meals Bank.
Prairie Farms then will get reimbursed by the federal authorities, serving to the corporate help its payroll.
“So, not solely does it assist our native purchasers, folks which can be out of jobs proper now, it is serving to them, and it is serving to to maintain (their) jobs…It is full circle,” stated Carmen Cumberland, the chief president of Group Harvest Meals Bank.
Roger Hadley says the help to farmers is an efficient factor, however he would not assume it will likely be sufficient to save lots of many farming operations from dire monetary penalties.
“It is a band-aid, just like the dam that simply busted in Michigan, all that does is gradual the water circulate down, there is no approach you possibly can cease the circulate of blood that is occurring with this, and never simply to the farmer,” Hadley stated.