Farm Bureau backs move to lift cap on aid package

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – A bipartisan group of Senators asked President Trump to lift the caps on the direct coronavirus relief farmers receive under USDA’s new aid package. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal says his organization backs that move.

The direct payments are capped at $125,000 per commodity and $250,000 per person. VanderWal says it doesn’t take much to surpass those caps.

He says due to the pandemic and it’s far reaching impacts; the government aid is badly needed.

The payment limits that were put in the COVID 19 relief aid are in line with the payment limits from the 2018 farm bill.