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US potatoes and the CARES Act

Bob Larson of AgInfo reports that the USDA and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue have some tough decisions to make in the coming days. They have to decide how to allocate the $9.5-billion dollars earmarked for agriculture in the CARES Act relief package.

National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says while that’s a significant amount, it won’t be nearly enough …

QUARLES: “As we were looking at the round numbers, and it really depends on how long you assume the crisis goes out, but Congress allotted $9.5-billion for livestock, dairy and specialty crops. Specialty crops identified a $5-billion need. The dairy industry, my understanding is they identified a $10-billion need.

So, just between those two, that’s not even the whole crew, just between those two you’re already 150% oversubscribed on the original Congressional amount.”

Quarles says Congress will certainly have to come up with more funding as the ag industry looks for ways to make up for lost business.

Full report and audio here

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