The CARES Act is the acronym used to describe the Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-136). The Act became law on March 27, 2020, approximately one week after it was initially proposed in Congress. The Act is more than 300 pages in length and appropriates more than $2 trillion to mitigate the economic damage caused by COVID-19. An official version of the CARES Act and accompanying legislative history is available at Congress.gov here.
To learn more about applicability of the CARES Act to agriculture, you may view these resources:
- Farmers' Guide to COVID-19 Relief, 2nd Ed, by Stephen Carpenter and Lindsay Kuehn, with Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (Apr. 2020).
- What’s in USDA’s New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program?, Market Intel by Michael Nepveux and John Newton, Ph.D., with American Farm Bureau Federation (Apr. 20, 2020).
- FAQs about COVID-19, from The National Agricultural Law Center.