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Farmers in Colorado Get $21.8M in Coronavirus Relief

a combine plows a field of amber waves of grain
(Lindsey Bauman/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 18 June 2020 10:35 PM

Colorado farmers have received $21.8 million in coronavirus relief from the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $2.9 billion from its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Some $3 million of the funding to the Colorado farmers went to non-specialty commodities, which included corn, barley, oats, and soybeans, as well as other crops.

More than $39,000 went to specialty crop farmers in Colorado, which includes less common nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

Colorado livestock farmers took in $16.2 million and dairy farmers received $2.5 million, the USDA reported.

The program received nearly 2,400 applications in Colorado, according to the agency.

"The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America's farmers and ranchers," USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said. "This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need."

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Colorado farmers have received $21.8 million in coronavirus relief from the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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