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USDA announces $200 million in funding to assist U.S. ranchers and farmers

Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 18:31:25-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Thursday, January 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $200 million in funding through the Agricultural Trade Promotion program to assist U.S. ranchers and farmers.

The funding, which will assist many in California, will give access to new export markets.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that the funding will provide farmers and ranchers in Kern County much-needed relief.

“California feeds the world. We are the largest provider of produce in the country and the fifth largest provider of food and agricultural products in the world. The $200 million administered by the ATP will provide farmers and ranchers in Kern County and the Central Valley much-needed relief to mitigate the effects of China’s retaliatory tariffs, helping to ensure that California remains a global leader in agriculture. This program will give our farmers and ranchers new resources to reach new markets and new opportunities."