Tom Vilsack is back at the USDA working on key priorities. Working remotely from Iowa, the agriculture secretary acknowledged there’s quite a bit to do and little time to do it. The top priority is the COVID pandemic. The USDA is reviewing how the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is administered. “In the meantime, we’re making payments under CFAP 2. On CFAP AA, the next round, we are in the process of reviewing it and felt it was necessary to extend the sign-up period during the evaluation.” Vilsack said once determinations are made for the next round of CFAP, program sign-up will be extended another 30 days. When it comes to climate change, Vilsack said USDA is challenged to be as helpful as possible to providing resources, technical assistance and verify conservation practices to be embraced by the market.
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