CHICAGO, Illinois: The U.S. government will allocate $6 billion in aid for small farmers harmed by the pandemic.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that many farmers did not benefit from previous rounds of pandemic-related assistance.
In a statement, the federal agency said, "The USDA is committed to delivering financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion towards new programs to reach a broad set of producers".
Aid will be available to assist dairy farmers, biofuel farmers, beginning farmers, organic farms, ranchers and timber farms.
Additionally, direct payments will continue per head of cattle for ranchers and per acre for some categories of farmers.
Overall, the USDA anticipates delivering over $5 billion to farmers and ranchers.