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Coons celebrates payments for Delaware chicken growers | Agriculture

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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) this week celebrated the begin of the distribution of roughly $6.75 million in direct payments introduced final week for Delaware chicken growers who suffered losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last yr, COVID-19 damage tons of of chicken growers throughout the state after processing services had been pressured to drastically scale back or droop manufacturing, he famous. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program was established to supply help for affected farmers, however this system initially excluded contract producers — barring the overwhelming majority of chicken growers from receiving help.