Letter to the Editor - USDA's farm aid package leaves malt barley growers behind
Last updated 6/16/2020 at 8:49am
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, gives producers of certain commodities or livestock assistance for losses caused by the coronavirus. The USDA claims that CFAP includes coverage for malt barley, but the rules indicate differently. While on the list of non-specialty crops that are eligible, it is almost impossible to qualify for the assistance. As a farmer, who grows malt barley in the Golden Triangle I know this first-hand.
First, almost all malt barley is contracted with a malt company long before it is planted. This makes it ineligible because it is not “at r...