Missouri overtook Oklahoma this week in funds received from USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The weekly update from Farm Service Agency indicates that over 31-thousand farmers in the state have received a total of 253-point-nine million dollars in payments to cover losses incurred by farm commodities since the onset of the pandemic. Missouri now ranks seventh in livestock payments, receiving 177-and-a-half million dollars. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce told Regional Radio that for most states, livestock losses are the vast majority of their payments under the program.

Nationwide, two-point-nine billion have gone to cover cattle alone as of Monday, with dairy payments at one-point-three billion and corn at one-point-one-eight billion. Over six-and-a-half billion dollars has been distributed to 473-thousand farmers, and Fordyce says plenty of funds remain.

However, FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce notes that Commodity Credit Corporation funds also take care of payments for many Farm Bill programs, including ARC, PLC, and the Conservation Reserve Program.

Missouri sits ninth in non-specialty crop payments at almost 69 million dollars. About seven-and-a-quarter million have covered dairy losses in the state, and another 151-thousand dollars have gone to specialty crop producers. Iowa remains the top state for payments at 678-and-three-quarters million.