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USDA to provide direct Coronavirus Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers

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By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced rice as a commodity eligible for a flat-rate payment of $15 per acre under the latest round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funding. The per acre payment will be made based on eligible 2020 acres.

The USDA will use funds made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act signed into law at the end of March. 

A payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined will apply. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for a farming operation. Special payment limitation provisions have been expanded to include trusts and estates.

Producers will have to certify they meet Adjusted Gross Income limits of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities. Producers can apply for this assistance beginning September 21 through December 11, 2020.

Here’s a link to more information.

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Link to Day Two of the CRC Virtual Grower Meeting

Link to Day Two of the CRC Virtual Grower Meeting

Here is the link to the second day of the 2021 California Rice Commission Virtual Grower Meeting. 

Today’s speakers include Tyson Redpath of The Russell Group with a look at federal issues impacting our industry, David Guy of the Northern California Water Association on our water outlook and Betsy Ward of USA Rice with updates on key trade and policy initiatives.

We are providing this information in a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Here is today’s portion of the CRC Virtual Grower Meeting:

Please contact CRC Communications Manager Jim Morris with any questions at (916) 205-5395 or jim.morris@calrice.org.