From Radio Iowa- Some Iowa farmers could get checks in June as the USDA implements the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. President Trump says 16 billion dollars has been set aside for direct payments to farmers.
Marty Smith, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, attended Tuesday’s White House event to highlight the program. Smith thanked Trump and Congress for the assistance, which he says will help some farmers stay in business.
Farmers can start signing up for the assistance on May 26th. Most payments will be based on 2019 production. Livestock producers who raise cattle, sheep and hogs are eligible. Farmers who raise crops like corn, soybeans and oats are eligible to apply, too.