Congress passed a $900 billion COVID relief package before the holidays, which includes $13 billion for agriculture.

It contains $3 billion of direct support for livestock, poultry and dairy producers and $5 billion for row crop farmers.

There's an indemnity for farmers who euthanized livestock due to supply chain disruptions, as well as ethanol producers hit by a drop in demand. Plus, there's funding for small meat processors to attain federal inspection due to increased demand.

This is the third coronavirus-related relief program for agriculture. For more information about the two prior programs, along with other recent government infusions of money into agriculture, click here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on agriculture and food systems. For a comprehensive look at some of those issues, click here.

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For more information on the most recent COVID relief package, click here.