|Posted:||April 24, 2020 11:36 AM|
|From:||Representative Liz Hanbidge|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Covid-19 Pandemic- Legislation to Provide Emergency Relief for Feed Sellers and Livestock Producers|
|As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread implications on all facets of daily life and has impacted nearly every resident of our country. In this time of social distancing and uncertainty, many Pennsylvania residents and businesses are faced with the prospect of financial hardship, including those in our agricultural community.
Livestock producers spend countless hours breeding, raising, and feeding animals to ensure that food products so many of us take for granted are available each day. Many of these producers, along with those who supply them with feed for their livestock, are faced with a financial dilemma because while their income may have slowed down or been cut off altogether during these difficult times, their operational costs have remained the same.
Fortunately, federal aid provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will allocate about $23 billion to the agriculture industry, including $9.5 billion to producers of dairy, livestock, specialty crops, and those who produce and supply food to local farmers markets, schools, and restaurants. To ensure that those who breed, raise, and feed livestock receive a portion of the $9.5 billion in federal funding, I will be introducing legislation that would establish a special fund under our state’s Agriculture Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account to provide grants to feed sellers and livestock producers.
Agriculture plays an integral role in Pennsylvania, so I believe it is incumbent on each of us to do our part to provide financial relief to this industry to help it cope with the current economic shutdown. I hope you will join me in support of this important measure.
Introduced as HB2592