Farm Bureau, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association want more coronavirus aid

The American Farm Bureau has called on Congress to aid those who did not get in on the first round of coronavirus assistance and additional help for those who did.

The AFBF wants more funding for rural community health care centers, along with expanded eligibility under the PPP so that H-2A workers can be included. They also want rental payments to be classified as business related items.

Additionally, they ask that farm credit officials to be able to access small financial lender funding. They point out that distressed communities need grants for broadband infrastructure, as well as faster implementation of the Broadband Data Act. Ag worker safety protection is also on Farm Bureau’s wish list.

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association also wants more money for coronavirus relief.

In a letter to Congressional ag leaders, they note that the USDA only announced $5.5 billion dollars in payments to the cattle industry, but losses are estimated at more than $14.5 billion.

They want the CFAP Program to cover actual losses rather than just a percentage. USCA also calls for an eligibility extension to include the market collapse in April and May.