U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19)  joined a handful of colleagues and introduced the Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act, legislation to support upstate New York’s small family farms by providing one-time debt forgiveness of up to $250,000 for farmers who hold existing loan obligations with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This bill will help keep farms open during the COVID-19 pandemic and support the nation’s food supply.

“New York’s 19th Congressional District is home to nearly 5,000 farm operations that are essential to our upstate way of life. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act provides a critical lifeline for our small farmers through debt forgiveness across three types of USDA FSA loans -- Direct Farm Operating loans, Direct Farm Ownership loans and Emergency loans -- allowing more small farmers to remain operational during COVID-19 and continue to support our local food supply and farm economy. I urge the House to take up this legislation as soon as possible to get our small farmers urgently needed relief,” said Rep. Antonio Delgado.

For more details on the "Relief for Small Farmers Act"  CLICK HERE