Local farmers hit hard by the Coronavirus economy could be eligible for part of the $16 billion in federal relief money.
"A lot of the corn and soy bean and wheat that we raise in the Evansville area, ends up in other countries, used for primarily for animal feed" says Warrick County farmer Kevin Mosbey.
Local farmer took a hit when COVID-19 closed down local economies.
"Livestock production, people were not going out consuming as much food, meat and milk, our grains are used to feed those animals" says Mosbey "the markets dropped 15% to 20% in price because of the coronavirus" adds the farmer.
The fund is called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. It is aimed at helping local farmers absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
"farmers that had grain in their grain bins ready to sell, took a major hit" says Mosbey.
If approved for funding, the farmers 2019 production total will be used to determine how much money they will receive.
Applications will be processed through December 11.