Farm Credit leaders participated in a media call for an on-the-record update on agricultural credit conditions, COVID-19’s impact on farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and how Farm Credit is supporting our customers during this challenging time – including via the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
Each of the CEOs made a presentation and answered questions.
Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO, Farm Credit Council
Pat Calhoun, President and CEO, AgSouth Farm Credit
Bill Johnson, President and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America
Tracy Sparks, President and CEO, Yosemite Farm Credit
This webinar continues the regular series of credit briefings that Farm Credit provides throughout the year.
Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Neil Koehler, Chairman, RFA; Co-Founder and CEO of Pacific Ethanol
Mike Jerke, CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy
Scott Richman, Chief Economist, Renewable Fuels Association
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.
Participating in the webinar were, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, USSEC Chairman Monte Peterson, and Regional Directors Brent Babb and Rosalind Leeck.
The call featured NPPC President Howard "A.V." Roth of Wisconsin, CEO Neil Dierks, Global Government Affairs VP Nick Giordano, and Michael Formica, Domestic Affairs & Counsel, Iowa State University economist Dr. Dermot Hayes, Director of International Affairs Maria Zieba, Vice President of Industry Relations Dallas Hockman, and President-Elect Jen Sorenson.
-Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
-Peter Bakken, cattle farmer in Minnesota
-James Alderman, vegetable farmer in Florida
-Alan Reed, dairy farmer in Idaho
-Veronica Nigh, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
-AFBF policy experts
The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a webinar discussion on Friday with U.S. Congressmen Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Austin Scott (R-GA) and Bob Redding, The Redding Firm, to learn more about the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27.
John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Cheese Makers Association
Tim Trotter, Executive Director, Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Gordon Speirs, Farmer/Owner of Shiloh Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin