Tag: Agriculture Sub Issues

Daines Announces $14 Billion in Second Round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, All Wheat Farmers Now Eligible

U.S. SENATE –U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that President Trump and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be providing an additional $14 billion through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that will be made available to Montana farmers and ranchers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs due to COVID-19. Producers can apply for assistance through this program beginning September 21st through December 11th, 2020. More information on CFAP and how to apply can be found at farmers.gov/cfap or your local FSA office. “This is great news for our agriculture producers, especially our wheat farmers across Montana,”

Daines, Gianforte Successfully Secure Update to EIDL Program for Montana Farmers, Ranchers

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced that the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) will be modifying criteria for its Economic Injury and Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which placed additional burdens on agricultural producers. This action follows Daines’ and Gianforte’s direct request to the SBA. “I’m pleased the SBA listened to the concerns of Montana farmers and ranchers and modified the EIDL loan criteria to reflect the way agricultural businesses operate. I’ll continue fighting to make sure COVID-19 relief programs are providing help, not additional hardship,” Daines said. “Montana ag producers shouldn’t have to jump

Daines, Gianforte Urge Administration to Streamline COVID-19 Relief for Montana Ag

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) asking it to clarify the rationale behind its lien criteria and loan processes for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. “It is our understanding that SBA is requiring loan recipients to send physical checks via certified mail from Montana to Fort Worth, Texas in order for SBA to endorse purchases made by agricultural producers in the daily course of their business operations,” Daines and Gianforte wrote. “This process imposes excessive burdens on Montana’s agricultural producers. In addition to the hassle,

Pulse Growers Hopeful Trade Resumes with India

An ongoing trade war with India has caused market prices for peas, lentils and chickpeas to crash. But, pulse growers remain hopeful that recent efforts with India will help secure this important export market again. India is the world’s largest consumer of pulse crops, contributing to approximately 27 percent of the world’s consumption. And for Montana pulse growers like Jillien Streit from Chester losing this important export market as hurt their bottom line. “The U.S. market value to India for lentils, dry peas and chickpeas dropped 86 percent from the year 2016-17 to 2018-19” said Streit. “Our prices have plummeted

Daines Statement on AG Lawsuit to Rein in EPA Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 12 other states’ lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the new regulation broadly expanding the definition of the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS). “I applaud Attorney General Tim Fox for standing up for Montana farmers, ranchers and small businesses against another egregious power grab by the Obama administration. This rule has the capability to cripple Montana agriculture and natural resources, hurt Montana jobs and threaten Montanans’ property rights.  As