McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse Fight for Washington Wheat Growers in Letter to USDA

Jun 05, 2020
Agriculture
Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Central Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to protect Washington wheat growers by urging USDA to include three classes of wheat for coverage under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 
 
In the letter, they write, “We write you today to express our support for the inclusion of Soft White, Hard Red Winter, and Soft Red Winter wheat classes for coverage under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). These classes of wheat, like so many other commodities, have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance under this program… This market volatility caused by COVID-19 is putting wheat growers in our districts under increased pressure after years of already dire conditions in the wheat market. Support is badly needed.”
 
NOTE: The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was created as a result of the CARES Act relief package signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide direct relief to farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more information on the program by clicking here
 
 
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