The following statement may be attributed to Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill:

“Many sectors of the economy have struggled through the global pandemic, and agriculture is no exception, with many farm families feeling the hardship and fighting to keep their farms sustainable.  Many farmers were left out of the initial round of CFAP aid, which expired last week, so the recent announcement of a second round of assistance is welcomed news.

While we don’t know when this pandemic will subside, the impacts on agriculture are far reaching, from changing consumer purchasing habits to trade and market disruption and uncertainty.  Farmers saw market prices and demand plummet amidst the supply chain breakdown early on in the pandemic, and although there has been a rebound, the economic hardship is taking its toll on farm families.  This assistance from the USDA will help Iowa farmers to stay afloat and continue to farm and raise the food we all rely on.”