April 28, 2020

McCarthy, House Republicans Push Trump to Eliminate CFAP Payment Limits

Last Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy led a group of 120 House Republicans in calling on President Trump to eliminate payment limits prior to implementing the direct payment portion of the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

While $2.1 billion has been allocated to the specialty crop industry for direct payments to producers, payments are limited to $125,000 per commodity with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity.

The letter states: “Given producers will suffer heavy losses even with the help provided under the relief package, we urge that relief not be further reduced by payment limitations that would harm real family farmers… if the goal of this emergency package is to support critical infrastructure and industry, it needs to flow in proportion to production, risk, and losses.”

Click here to read the full letter.