Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), the top Republican on the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement on farm and agricultural producers’ eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans, both of which were replenished by Congress last week.

“Along with our small businesses, Pennsylvania’s farmers are the backbone of our economy and the heart of our community. During this unprecedented economic crisis, our farmers continue their daily work to provide healthy and safe food for Americans’ tables, despite sustaining heavy losses from restaurants and other commercial customers. They are truly essential, and it’s critical that our farmers get the help they need to weather this storm. As a member of the House Small Business Committee, it was my privilege to fight for the inclusion of farmers and other agricultural producers in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Disaster Injury Loans. With the additional funding that Congress passed last week, more farms will be able to access this temporary lifeline - supporting our farmers and sustaining their indispensable work.”

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