The USDA announced this morning that up to $14 billion in new COVID relief payments will be available to farmers under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). For the first time, hemp will be included in COVID relief payments from the USDA.
According to Agri-Pulse: “Crops such as hemp that don’t qualify for payments under the price-trigger method either because they didn’t have a 5% price decline or don’t have sufficient price data available can qualify for payments at a flat rate of $15 per acre.”
Back in June, NIHC submitted public comments to the USDA (which you can read below) noting that hemp farmers were being jeopardized by not being included in the CFAP or other USDA coronavirus relief programs.
We are happy to see that the USDA listened to the comments from the NIHC and are now leveling the playing field so that hemp farmers can receive the same benefits that farmers of other commodities have access to. The application period begins on Monday, September 21 and goes through December 11.
You can apply for CFAP funds here.