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Farmers, ranchers to get pandemic relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Up to $16 billion in direct payments will be delivered as relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors whose workforces have been affected by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

Beginning Tuesday, USDA through the Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from ag producers who have suffered losses.

For dairy, total payment will be calculated based on a producer’s milk production for the first quarter of 2020 multiplied by a national price decline during the same time. The second part of the payment is based on a national adjustment to production in the first quarter.

For more information, visit farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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