A $900 billion pandemic relief package, approved by Congress on Monday night, contains several provisions that should significantly help US farmers, said National Potato Council officials.
NPC President Britt Raybould of St. Anthony, Idaho, said in a press release: “Throughout the year, the National Potato Council and our state partners have fought for increased recognition by the federal government of the unforeseen market challenges growers have experienced during this pandemic.”
“We appreciate the additional funding to help close some of the gaps in our communities. Americans need practical, real-world solutions to ensure continued access to safe, healthy food, while keeping in place long-term, essential activities required for the wellbeing and sustainability of our industry.”
Leaders with the Washington, D.C.,-based potato lobbying organization singled out several key provisions of the bill that should help U.S. potato growers and agriculture in general. The bill provides an estimated $225 million for supplemental payments to specialty crop producers for crop losses they suffered in 2019. Potatoes are considered a specialty crop.
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