Georgia’s Congressional delegation wants to make sure Georgia chicken farmers are taken care of in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six Congressmen and one Georgia Senator joined efforts with their peers to send a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, requesting USDA expedite the rulemaking process to administer direct payments to contract chicken growers impacted by the pandemic.

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which included additional resources for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue supporting American farmers. The bill also included funding for USDA to provide direct payments for contract chicken growers who previously had been excluded from assistance provided by USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 

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