Today, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the details of a $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. This is the second round of such funding.
While the bulk of the funding will go toward the Market Facilitation Program in the form of direct payments aimed at non-specialty crop producers, approximately $283 million of the $1.4 billion dollars allocated to the Food Purchase and Distribution Program will be earmarked for fruits and vegetables, including citrus, apples, raisins, plums and potatoes. Another $100 million has already been awarded to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help U.S. farmers identify and access new export markets.
For more details, please read the full USDA Press Release.