Jay Jackson, county executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Jefferson Lions Club.
Jackson is county executive director for Banks, Jackson and Madison counties from the USDA Farm Service Agency. The Farm Service Agency provides qualified farmers with assistance, particularly at this time, due to market prices declining in a variety of commodities because of Corona Virus.
The Farm Service Agency Office is in Commerce and has been meeting producers from these three counties on the front porch of the office since May 2020.
The Corona Virus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) had over 450 farmers to sign up for the May through September 2020 period. The Corona Virus (CFAP2) second sign up began in January and goes through October 12 this year.
Over 575 farmers have applied for this assistance since implementation.
Between the two programs, financial assistance has been provided to farmers in Banks, Jackson, and Madison counties for cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, crops, turf grass, chickens, fruits and vegetables.