May 20, 2020 | Agriculture, Press Releases

LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments and relief for America’s farmers and ranchers.

CFAP provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5% or greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

Producers can apply for assistance beginning on May 26, 2020. Additional information and application forms can be found at

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“America’s farmers and ranchers are not forgotten during this Coronavirus challenge. This relief will help offset losses and provide economic support for our agricultural producers. My office will continue working with USDA to prioritize impacted Louisiana industries.”

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