US Department of Agriculture announces details with Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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The US Department of Agriculture announced details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Tuesday (May 19).

The department will offer up to $16 billion in direct payments to American farmers and ranchers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA will begin accepting applications on May 26 to producers who have seen a five percent or greater decline, as well as facing additional costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production and disruptions to shipping.

Additionally, the department will partner with regional and local distributors to purchase $3 billion in produce, dairy and meat to be boxed and delivered to those in need.