USDA Improves Dairy Market Safety Net

Includes permanent changes to Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that they will provide around $350 million in pandemic assistance payments through improvements to the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program. Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement in a speech to dairy farmers after touring Shelburne Farms in Vermont with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

“The Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program is another component of our ongoing effort to get aid to producers who have been left behind and build on our progress towards economic recovery,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This targeted assistance is the first step in USDA’s comprehensive approach that will total over $2 billion to help the dairy industry recover from the pandemic and be more resilient to future challenges for generations to come.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Tom Vilsack as he heads the efforts to aid farmers affected by the pandemic.
  • That Senator Leahy would seek God’s wisdom as he supports assistance for farmers.
  • For USDA officials as they begin administering these financial benefits to farmers who need them.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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