Cornyn, Perdue hear how COVID is affecting Texas agriculture

COVID-19 impact on farmers
Posted at 10:12 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 23:15:36-04

COUPLAND, Texas — United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visited a Central Texas cattle ranch to learn more about how the pandemic is affecting our state’s agriculture.

Perdue and Cornyn visited on Thursday to learn about the impact that COVID-19 has brought to famers and ranchers during a roundtable discussion that took place at Ging Cattle Company in Coupland.

The talks come as the Senate debates the next coronavirus relief bill.

Following the meeting the group toured the ranch.

Others attending included U.S. Rep. John Carter and other Texas farm producers.

To date, more than 24,000 Texas farmers and ranchers have received payments totaling $304 million through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in April, according to the Texas Farm Bureau.