In its first two weeks of operation, USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has already approved almost $43.5 million in direct aid for Missouri farmers. According to data released Monday, over 9,700 applications have been received from Missourians who are claiming losses in commodity values as a result of the economic slowdown precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Missouri currently ranks seventh in the nation for livestock aid at $30.3 million and 10th for non-specialty crop aid at $12.3 million. The state’s farmers have also received $826,000 for losses incurred by their dairy herds.

Iowa has the most aid received so far at $112 million, followed by Wisconsin in second at $108.3 million. Nebraska, Illinois and Kansas round out the top five, each receiving between $90 and $100 million. A total of $1.4 billion of the $16 billion made available by USDA has already been approved for distribution. Applications for CFAP funds close August 28th through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.