Farmers and ranchers seeking a lifeline from the Agriculture Department can sign up for a relief check starting Monday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said during a “rural town hall” hosted by the network RFD-TV this week.
The USDA chief said the application process will open on May 26, and money would start moving as soon as a week later. That means stimulus funding will finally reach the hard-hit industry two months after Congress passed the CARES Act in late March.
The application window will remain open through August, Perdue said, but he expects most producers will not wait that long. The department is publishing details of the final $16 billion payment package this week.