According to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, lawmakers are putting together a plan to use Commodity Credit Corporation funding for future challenges in agriculture, not just the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m not sure if we’ll ever have another COVID-19 situation, but the USDA needs to be ready to face any emergencies that come up,” said Peterson. “I’ll be working with the Trump administration and other lawmakers to look at putting emergency things on the shelf and ready to go whether it’s avian influenza or African swine fever.” Peterson said research has already begun on the effort and there could be a hearing on the subject this summer.
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