West River ag producers receive relief through USDA coronavirus assistance

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About $7.5 million already paid out in Dewey, Ziebach and Corson counties

West River farmers and ranchers affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic are finding some relief through the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has approved more than $2.8 billion in payments to 220,280 ag producers nation-wide who have applied for the program. That includes more than $138.2 million to just over 11,000 ag producers in South Dakota since the program began accepting applications on May 26.

Locally, 181 applications have been made by Dewey County producers who thus far have received $2.55 million in assistance. Ziebach County has processed 240 applications with producers receiving $2.3 million and 132 Corson County applications have been received with payments to producers totaling $2.69 million. The payments compensate farmers and ranchers for livestock losses as well as non-specialty crop losses, including corn and soybeans, due to the pandemic.







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