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Maloney Calls for More Coronavirus Relief for Hudson Valley Farmers

Oct 22, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Calls for More Coronavirus Relief for Hudson Valley Farmers

Newburgh, NY – This week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) toured Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County and held a press conference on the importance of supporting Hudson Valley farmers through federal coronavirus relief legislation, like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

“Our family farms drive our local economy here in the Hudson Valley, but they’ve been hit hard by the coronavirus. I helped pass dedicated emergency relief for our farmers, but more still needs to be done to support small and family farms in our part of New York,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “This week, I sat down with our farmers and producers to hear more about how we can help them stay afloat during – and after – this pandemic.”

Representative Maloney also toured Minkus Family Farms, the largest onion producer in Orange County, to discuss the CFAP, trade policies to level the playing field for U.S. onion growers, and the battle against the Allium leafminer, an invasive pest that destroys onion, leek, garlic and chive crops.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was established through funds allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Rep. Maloney helped pass in March. The CARES Act launched in May, and provided billions of dollars in emergency funding for agriculture producers impacted by the coronavirus, including producers of specialty crops and producers that supply local food systems. The program was reopened for a second round of funding in September. The USDA expanded the program in the second tranche of funding to include more impacted commodities.

In the first round of the program, over 5,700 New York farmers applied for the program and $220 million of assistance was delivered to our farmers. In the second round of CFAP, over 2,600 New York farmers have applied (to date), and $126 million was sent to our farmers. 

Applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will close on December 11, 2020. Farmers can learn more here.

The press conference at Fishkill Farms was streamed live, and can be found on Rep. Maloney’s Facebook, linked here.


Media Note:
A photo from Rep. Maloney’s visit to Fishkill Farms can be found here.
Photos from Rep. Maloney’s visit to Minkus Family Farms can be found here and here.