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Baldwin Co-Sponsors Farming Support to States Act
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/21/2020

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined several of her colleagues this week in introducing the Farming Support to States Act, which aims to provide states access to immediate, flexible funding to help those in production agriculture who are suffering financially from the impact of the Coronavirus.

The measure would help address challenges by increasing the reliability of food access, stabilizing food supply chains, responding to severe food supply disruptions, preventing and reducing catastrophic losses of livestock, milk, produce and other products, and stabilizing our rural economies by reducing the impact of agriculture market shocks and panicked herd and farm liquidation.

"Our farmers and food workers are serving our country by doing essential work every day to feed our country, but they are really feeling the dire economic impacts of this pandemic," Sen. Baldwin said. "Our bipartisan legislation helps address agriculture and food supply chain disruptions so our farmers can get their products to market and to consumers. We quickly direct resources to the states so they can work with food and agriculture stakeholders to stabilize the food supply chain and help prevent more severe economic losses for farmers in rural America."

The Farming Support to States Act would provide $1 billion for food and agriculture aid to states. USDA would allocate the money with substantial funding targeted to states based on their contributions to regional and national food systems.

Supporters say direct assistance provided to farmers so far this year covers only a small portion of the losses at stake. They feel their program will help address more of the economic instability in order to keep the rural economy moving.

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