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Ag Not Included in New Stimulus Package

The new $2 trillion coronavirus package does not include any significant assistance for agriculture. There is one provision to provide assistance to minority farms, focused primarily on Black, Hispanic and Native American colleges and universities.

Additional Flexibility for Specialty Crop Block Grants Requested

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has requested to protect farm workers and additional support for the specialty crop industry. In a letter to Acting Agriculture Secretary Kevin Shea, the organization asks for extra flexibility for the use of Specialty Crop Block Grants. These uses could include vaccination programs for agricultural workers, building COVID-19 related infrastructure and offsetting increased costs for worker housing and transportation.

Hoeven Hosts Farm COVID Relief Roundtable

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with state farm groups and Farm Service Agency officials on the recently passed COVID-19 legislation. There was $13 billion included in the latest relief package for agriculture, and much of that is expected to be implemented under the Biden Administration. Hoeven also outlined the new Quality Loss Adjustment program. Listen to the first portion of the question and answer session.