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Farm groups ask USDA for more time to apply for COVID-19 aid

Late last week, 28 US farm groups have asked the US Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline for farmers to apply for coronavirus assistance payments and try harder to reach more growers hurt by the pandemic.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, with organizations representing producers of goods ranging from apples to cotton and cattle, said in a letter that USDA’s Aug. 28 deadline may prevent farmers from participating in the $16 billion aid program.

US farmers have struggled to sell their goods because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, forcing some to throw out food and turn to the government for help.

“We strongly encourage you to increase producer and stakeholder engagement initiatives,” the groups told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.


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