On Wednesday, Congress released details of its third stimulus package to aid sectors of the economy impacted by COVID-19.
The Senate rescue package includes $14 billion to replenish USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and provides $9.5 billion for ag producers impacted by COVID-19, including livestock. On the heels of two difficult years in the pork industry, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President “A.V.” Roth says the package is welcome news.
"There is nothing more essential than food and water. U.S. pork producers can't telecommute and remain hard at work to provide pork products to American kitchens. But we have already suffered losses due to COVID 19-related concerns,” says Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisc., in a NPPC statement.
A Senate vote is scheduled for later on Wednesday, with the House expected to follow suit shortly thereafter.
“We are pleased that the stimulus package includes funding for much-needed relief to livestock farmers, and we recognize a vote is pending. We look forward to working with Congress and the administration to make sure that all pork producers can access this critically important lifeline as we remain committed to keeping food on American tables," he says.
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