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Thousands Of Oklahoma Farmers Approved For Coronavirus Relief Funds

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue recently announced that $545 million in aid has been approved for farmers who have been affected by COVID-19.

According to payment data released by the department on June 8, more than 7,000 applications of financial aid for Oklahoma farmers are included in those aid payments.

More than $58 million of aid is going to livestock producers, nearly $2 million is going to growers of non-specialty crops like corn and wheat and more than $900,000 is going to dairy producers.

The aid is part of the $16 billion allocated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist those who have been affected financially by COVID-19, through the CARES Act.

Oklahoma congressman Frank Lucas has previously expressed concern about the money not being enough in https://youtu.be/jbiagBCExX0" target="_blank">an Oklahoma Farm Bureau webinar.

Farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for aid if their commodity prices have dropped more than five percent.

Seth Bodine was KOSU's agriculture and rural issues reporter from June 2020 to February 2022.
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