Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau regarding USDA announcement of CFAP details

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Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding
USDA Announcement of CFAP Details

May 19, 2020

Andrea Casali
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau®

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

“Illinois Farm Bureau is most appreciative of the actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congress to help mitigate the damages incurred by the pandemic on our supply chain and our markets.

“These direct payments are an economic lifeline for many Illinois farmers struggling to operate through pronounced hardships and the beginning of necessary aid as they navigate through financial uncertainty for years to come.

“On April 17, USDA announced the $19 billion CFAP relief program, of which $16 billion will flow to farmers in the form of direct payments. Illinois farmers eligible for assistance may visit their county USDA office as soon as May 26 to complete sign-up for direct payments. Funds can be expected starting in early June.

“We give our thanks to USDA as it releases the eagerly awaited details of this vital program. We also look forward to the growing interest by local entities involved in the Farmers to Families Food Box.”

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 386,291 and a voting membership of 79,159. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.