CFAP Adjustments Pt 2

CFAP Adjustments Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. A letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, signed by 25 members of Congress, urges changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that would include relief for specialty crop producers.

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse is one of those who believes apple and potato growers who can document the financial impact of the pandemic on their business deserve relief aid …

NEWHOUSE … “I’m grateful that the Secretary is listening to our concerns and I’m hopeful that he’s going to be making the adjustments as needed.”

And, Newhouse says it should be a pretty easy decision based on the data …

NEWHOUSE … “And, I think with the evidence that we’ve provided, and that was the direction initially, as USDA put out the CFAP provisions originally, they did allow people to provide evidence that they had a disagreement with how they arrived at their answers, so I’m glad that their open to receiving that kind of input and are open to making adjustments as needed.”

As to how long it might take before a decision is reached, Newhouse says …

NEWHOUSE … “I haven’t heard, as to the final decisions, but I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to get those changes necessary so that all farmers that have experienced negative impacts can get the relief just like other farmers that already have received that as well.”

Newhouse says farm groups are excited about potential CFAP updates, but they also want long-term solutions, not just aid.

He says he’s been working closely with the USDA to ensure specialty crop growers in Washington and around the country get a fair shake.

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