Axne Urges Help for Farmers in Phase 3 Stimulus Package
Iowa Ag Connection - 03/25/2020
Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote to the bipartisan leadership of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to urge them to give the Department of Agriculture (USDA) maximum flexibility to assist farmers and producers during the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.
As congressional leadership is negotiating its next round of emergency legislation to address the economic impacts of COVID-19, Axne highlighted the challenges already facing the agriculture economy that this public health emergency will compound without proper assistance.
"I have heard from farmers and producers across my district expressing significant concerns for the future of their farm and livelihood," Axne wrote. "While few industries are left unaffected by COVID-19, the agriculture economy has been facing challenges for years due to low commodity prices, devastating trade wars, and demand destruction of biofuels by the EPA's misuse of Small Refinery Exemptions."
Axne's letter calls for legislation to provide USDA with the methods it needs to help Iowa farmers and producers, including replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) borrowing authority.
"In this time of severe economic uncertainty, the USDA needs every tool at its disposal to ensure farmers and producers survive this crisis, including maximum flexibility within the CCC," Rep. Axne wrote. "Our agriculture economy is critical for my state of Iowa and for the nation in providing a reliable supply of food and fuel."