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Hyde-Smith reports Miss. timber businesses will receive $15.7 million in pandemic assistance payments

By: Anne Summerhays - December 3, 2021

The allocations for MS is the largest among 44 states receiving PATTH funds.

Today, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin distributing more than $15.7 million to Mississippi timber harvesters and timber hauling businesses that had been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

At $15,718,335, the allocation for Mississippi is the largest among the 44 states receiving PATTH funds.

“As strong as it is in Mississippi, the timber industry was not immune from financial duress during the pandemic. I appreciate that our timber harvesters and haulers will receive pandemic assistance to help put them on better footing as the economy attempts to rebound,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

 

The Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) represent the final allotments funded through FY2021 appropriations to offset gross revenue losses of at least 10% in 2020.

Last year, Senator Hyde-Smith helped develop the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which provided up to $200 million for PATHH. This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

“I support the appropriations measures, and worked to include important funding for Mississippi and its citizens,” Hyde-Smith said last year. “In addition, including coronavirus relief in this legislation will ensure the timely delivery of benefits for working families, the jobless, small businesses, and our healthcare system.”

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.
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