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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions offering support for U.S. agribusiness, ranchers, and farmers. Overall the legislation includes roughly $49 billion in funding for crop and livestock producers, nutrition assistance, and support for local producers to thwart the negative impacts that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is having on the U.S. economy.

However, while funding set aside for individuals is beginning to flow to American workers and American small businesses, the CARES Act includes little direction from Congress to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding how funding will be distributed and so far, no guidance from USDA on eligibility requirements, process, or timing has been made public. Currently, the USDA is working directly with stakeholders to determine how and what kind of assistance program will be established and implemented. Several trade associations representing a variety commodity interests, and others, have already started to engage the White House and Capitol Hill with specific wish lists of what each group would like to see in a USDA program.

This GT Alert provides a useful summary of the $9.5 billion disaster relief program within USDA; $14 billion to boost the $30 billion in existing borrowing authority for the Farm Bill’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), bolstering nutrition programs, and further potential agriculture-specific support.

Continue reading the full GT Alert.

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Photo of Katie P. Reed˘ Katie P. Reed˘

Katie is a Director in the Government Law and Policy Practice of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office. She represents clients before the House and Senate on issues related to agriculture, energy and environment, tobacco, and appropriations and provides legislative research and support on…

Katie is a Director in the Government Law and Policy Practice of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office. She represents clients before the House and Senate on issues related to agriculture, energy and environment, tobacco, and appropriations and provides legislative research and support on a broad range of matters.

Katie is experienced in political compliance matters such as congressional ethics rules; state and federal lobbying guidelines and reporting requirements; and state, federal, and local campaign finance compliance regulations. Katie advises a variety of corporate clients on compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act and Federal Election Commission regulations specific to political action committees (PACs) and fundraising guidelines. She manages federal and state lobbying reporting requirements for corporate clients and handles FARA filings for various foreign clients. In her over 12 years of campaign finance experience, Katie has managed a wide range of PACs at the state and federal level. She assists clients with the establishment of PACs, fundraising techniques, and the management of everyday PAC operations and periodic reporting requirements.

˘not admitted to the practice of law.

Laurie McKay ˘

K. Laurie McKay is a director in the firm’s Government Law and Policy practice, focusing on wide-ranging client issues including agriculture, energy and the environment, coastal management, foreign affairs, trade, gaming, and appropriations. She develops and implements legislative strategies, regularly drafts white papers…

K. Laurie McKay is a director in the firm’s Government Law and Policy practice, focusing on wide-ranging client issues including agriculture, energy and the environment, coastal management, foreign affairs, trade, gaming, and appropriations. She develops and implements legislative strategies, regularly drafts white papers and legislative language, and represents clients before Congress and federal agencies. Laurie works closely with Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle to achieve various public policy goals and has spent her career developing close working relationships throughout Capitol Hill.

Laurie has significant experience in dealing with legislation and policy affecting the tobacco industry, including the 2009 Tobacco Control Act. She played a major role in the development and final passage of the 2010 PACT Act and is experienced in dealing with state and local efforts to limit or ban tobacco use and related indoor air-quality issues.

˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.