South Dakota ag producers receive $138 million for losses due to coronavirus
South Dakota farmers and ranchers have received more than $138.2 million in financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 11,000 ag producers in South Dakota have received funds from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program since it began several weeks ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
More than 6,000 South Dakota producers have received $95.7 million to compensate for livestock losses due to the pandemic and 5,200 producers have received $36.3 million to compensate for non-specialty crop losses, including corn and soybeans, due to the pandemic, according to the USDA.
Some producers were particularly hard hit with livestock losses when meat processing plants closed amid coronavirus outbreaks. The federal program is providing a total of $16 billion to farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by the pandemic and applications can be submitted through Aug. 28. Payments are capped at $250,000 per person or entity. About 5% of the 220,280 ag producers who have received CFAP funds thus far are from South Dakota.
Iowa producers have received the most CFAP funding so far at $314.3 million, followed by Nebraska with $207.7 million, according to the USDA data.