USDA Extended Pandemic Assistance Includes Hemp

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3/30/2021 – The USDA has announced a new initiative called Pandemic Assistance for Producers, for those who have been impacted financially by COVID-19. The focus of this initiative is small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic growers, etc. This initiative will be an umbrella for programs such as the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which includes crops such as hemp. USDA will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 on April 5, 2021, and it will be open for at least 60 days.

The USDA’s press release includes the following, as it relates to hemp:

“Additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops beginning in April. This includes alfalfa, corn, cotton, hemp, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat, among other crops. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible price trigger and flat-rate crop producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP 2 applications. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new CFAP 2 application. For a list of all eligible row-crops, visit CFAP. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $4.5 billion to more than 560,000 producers, according to the mandated formula.” (Source: After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid, USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably)

More information is available on USDA’s website.