USDA Delays Deadline for Farmer Aid
Aid to combat losses due to tariffs
On Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be extending their January 15 deadline for farmers to apply for payments to offset losses incurred due to the current trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The U.S. has set aside roughly $9.5 billion to give in direct payments to farmers of soybeans, corn, wheat, and other resources.
Due to the current partial government shutdown, farmers have been unable to complete the online application for aid. Secretary Perdue made sure that the deadline for relief was pushed back far enough to mirror the lost time due to the shutdown. In a statement, Secretary Perdue said, “Using existing funds, we were able to keep FSA offices open as long as possible, but unfortunately had to close them when funding ran out.”
- For the USDA to effectively manage the money set aside to aid farmers.
- For those affected by the trade war to not lose their livelihoods.
- For Congress and the White House to come to a meaningful end to the government shutdown.