CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — During a campaign rally yesterday in Mosinee, Wis., President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would provide a second wave of pandemic aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The USDA confirmed today that an additional $14 billion has been earmarked to offset farmers’ pandemic-related losses.
Wisconsin Farmers Union is appreciative of the financial support for farmers and urges it be distributed to those who need it most.
“The pandemic was another blow in already difficult times for family farmers,” WFU President Darin Von Ruden said. “Markets take time to recover and prices remain low for many commodities. As these challenges continue, this assistance is crucial for family farms; we are grateful that USDA is providing another round of CFAP.”
Von Ruden was also appreciative of efforts to expand types of farms the aid will assist, noting, “This much needed funding will help fill in some of the gaps the first round of CFAP funding missed.”
WFU stresses that it is important for advocacy groups and policymakers to be looking beyond subsidies to long-term solutions.
“This funding will help farmers keep afloat, there’s no question about it, but our growing reliance on ad hoc support is not a sustainable solution,” Von Ruden said. “In the long term, we need to restore competition in the marketplace, address chronic overproduction, and create a strong and stable farm safety net.”
In a statement issued earlier today, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew noted “This support is absolutely crucial – but it is just as crucial that it is distributed fairly and equitably. The first round of funding, though greatly appreciated, was not without its flaws; not only did it favor large farms over smaller ones, it also sent millions of dollars to foreign-owned operations and excluded some farmers entirely. With Congressional oversight, we ask that USDA rectify these issues and ensure that payments are commensurate with demonstrated need.”
— Wisconsin Farmers Union
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