USDA efforts continue during coronavirus slowdown

As the government calls for social distancing and implements stay-at-home advisories, the USDA continues to make strides in helping support the ag sector during these difficult times, this comes as programs and farm loan sign-ups continue. These farm loan programs are very necessary for some farmers as planting season arrives.

Bill Northey, the USDA Under Secretary, had this to say: “We are working with Congress and the rest of the administration...helping them understand what we’re hearing from our farmers out there and [their] needs. Whether that’s additional flexibility around loan programs, in some cases folks have a payment due and they’d like to be able to delay that payment because they are unable to market their crop or livestock.”

Northey concludes that they are looking for the best way to get everyone through this and make their tools more flexible for farmers.

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