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US pandemic aid available for turkey farmers

Turkey producers who experienced hardship and losses due to COVID-19 now qualify for pandemic aid under the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Programme 2 (CFAP2).

2 October 2020, at 8:15am

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) is grateful to announce turkey farmers now qualify for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Programme 2 (CFAP2) for losses caused by the pandemic. President Trump and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue provided an additional $14 billion for farmers experiencing market disruptions and costs related to COVID.

“We want to thank Congressional members Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer, Angie Craig, Jim Hagedorn, and Senator Tina Smith. They went to bat for turkey farmers at a very stressful time and we appreciate their work in securing assistance for our farm families through advocacy to the USDA,” said Executive Director Sarah Anderson.

Farmers experiencing losses from April until the end of the year can apply for assistance through their local Farm Service Agency. The closing date for applications is 11 December. Click here to apply online or download an application.

Minnesota ranks first nationwide in turkey production. As the state with the most independent turkey producers, securing CFAP legislation to include these farmers was of utmost important to the MTGA.

Although it appears breeding livestock and contract growers are excluded from CFAP2, MTGA continues to work for coverage for those farmers. We will also continue to push for expansion of indemnity coverage for turkey industry stakeholders.