USDA Announces Initiatives to Address Challenges Faced by Agricultural Producers
USDA announced that it is preparing $3 billion in investments that will support drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief, and purchase of food for school nutrition programs. The support will be made available via the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and it includes funding for water-smart management practices, relief from agricultural market disruption, and assistance to help schools respond to supply chain disruptions. USDA also announced a new initiative to finance the deployment of climate-smart farming and forestry practices to aid in the marketing of climate-smart agricultural commodities. USDA is accepting public comment and input on design of this new initiative until November 1, 2021. USDA is encouraging comment from a wide range of stakeholders.