After a party-line vote in the House early Saturday morning, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus assistance bill moves to the Senate this week. Unlike previous bills, there’s no direct support for farmers and ranchers. The House Agriculture Committee approved over $16 billion in agricultural provisions. That includes $5 billion in assistance for minority farmers. It would pay off their direct and guaranteed USDA loans with payments of 120 percent of the debt. There’s also $3.6 billion for commodity purchases and other efforts to improve the ag supply chain.
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