Farm in Estherville, Iowa (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Farm in Estherville, Iowa (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne secured significant funding for farmers in the federal relief package passed by Congress in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Under the CARES act, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) would receive $14 billion to replenish the organization’s funds and other commodities that help farmers who focus on specialty crops and livestock.

The CCC is run by the federal government and was created in the 1930s to stabilize and support farm income and prices. The CCC also helps ensure there is fair distribution of agricultural goods.

Without additional funding assistance from the federal government, Axne said agricultural industries would struggle. 

“We’ve got to keep supplying food for the country and for this world,” Axne told WHO Radio in Des Moines. “This economic fallout from COVID-19 could push these industries into having to make some real difficult decisions.”

Axne noted that she was happy to see the CCC included in the CARES legislation and especially pleased that there will be more funding for additional assistance to support local food systems like restaurants and schools. 

“I’m proud that Congress has passed this bipartisan legislation to help get relief and additional resources directly to those who are feeling the burden of this coronavirus outbreak,”Axne said in a statement.

“The funds in this package will go towards helping Iowa’s hospitals and healthcare professionals, the workers who’ve been laid off and the families they’re still trying to support, and the small businesses who are struggling from diminished demand as we continue to observe social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of this disease.”