In the first week of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program sign-up, the USDA Farm Service Agency said they received more than 86,000 applications. The USDA approved more than $545 million in payments to U.S. producers. Most of those payments went to livestock producers. In the Northern Plains, South Dakota has received the most program payments so far at more than $30.7 million for non-specialty crop, livestock and dairy farms. The FSA paid more than $11.7 million to Minnesota non-specialty crop, livestock and dairy farmers so far. Finally, for North Dakota, the FSA has paid out more than $2.4 million to non-specialty crop and livestock farmers. North Dakota has the fewest applications submitted so far in the region. The USDA will make up to $16 billion in payments in this program. The stats will be updated each week. Read the week one stats.
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