Farm Relief Comes, but Not for Hard Red
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, has issued over $150 million to Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers in its first three weeks, but wheat advocates are still pushing for inclusion of hard red winter wheat into the program.
In Oklahoma the overwhelming majority of payments have been directed to livestock industries, which includes cattle, hogs and sheep, and accounts for nearly $145 million of Oklahoma’s total relief funding.
And with Oklahoma’s prime row crop, hard red winter wheat, being excluded by the program due to what has been called insufficient market data and limited funding, Oklahoma farmers have received in comparison only $6 million from CFAP.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau has continued to plead with the USDA to reconsider its decision to hold out on hard red. In a letter to the department of agriculture on June 15, the bureau expressed the significance of hard red, of which Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in production, and alternative methods in which a 5 percent price drop for the commodity can be seen.
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