The State of Minnesota has announced a relief plan for agricultural producers, meat processors, and farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding includes $5.7 million in direct payments to turkey and pork producers to compensate for market disruptions and associated costs due to COVID-19, and $1 million for cost-share aid to companies or individuals looking to expand or open a meat processing facility.
The $7.7 million plan is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The financial support is intended to help farmers who have experienced market disruptions so they can recover, and purchase equipment and supplies necessary for COVID-19.
Funds are also allocated for local food systems, Farm Business Management Scholarships, and grant reimbursements for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.