Within 72 hours, Farm Bureau members and ‘ag’vocates responded to two different action requests in support of measures making resources available to farmers weathering this unprecedented crisis. And once again, our grassroots strength was demonstrated as your voice was heard in both Washington, D.C. and Lansing.
Members were first asked to contact U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting emergency provisions for prevent-plant acres. As a result, 631 members urged USDA to allow planting, harvest and grazing of forage crops/cover crops on prevent plant acres and CRP ground.
Days later USDA announced it would permit farmers to hay, graze or chop desperately needed forages grown on prevented-plant fields, with harvest now allowed starting Sept. 1. Learn more
At the same time, MFB worked to seek inclusion of corn for silage as a cover crop on prevent-plant acres, which USDA granted. Learn more
Second, members were asked to contact state lawmakers to request funding of the Agricultural Disaster Loan Origination Program. As a result, 447 members sent 922 messages to legislators.
Hours later the Michigan House and Senate passed legislation supplying $15 million to lenders, translating to more than $300 million in loans available to farm businesses in the form of interest-rate reductions. Learn more
These changes aren’t a silver bullet, but hope they provide farmers with tools to leverage and deliver some relief.
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