Iowa’s governor allocates $100M in CARES Act funding to agriculture

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is allocating almost 100 million dollars of federal CARES Act relief funds for a range of ag programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers and related industries.

Sixty-million dollars will go to the Iowa Livestock Producer Relief Fund, which provides grants up to 10-thousand dollars to eligible livestock producers.  Another nine million dollars will be added to the state’s disposal assistance program, which helps producers who were forced to euthanize and dispose of livestock because of packing plant slowdowns and shutdowns.

The biofuels industry will also receive assistance with 15.5 million going to a grant program for biofuels producers and seven million allocated to a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels.

Also receiving funds are the Iowa Beginning Farmer Debt Relief Fund, the Meat Processing Development and Expansion Program, and the Farm Produce and Protein Program.

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