Lawmakers Push USDA To Let Hemp Farmers Access Coronavirus Relief Funds

Lawmakers Push USDA To Let Hemp Farmers Access Coronavirus Relief Funds

Two members of Congress representing New York recently wrote a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), asking that the agency extend access to a coronavirus relief program to hemp farmers. While USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is available to various sectors of the agriculture industry, the hemp market was specifically excluded. The department said it’s because, in its analysis, hemp prices did not suffer a five percent or greater decline from January to April. But Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and Sean Maloney (D-NY) responded that “this reasoning ignores the volatile nature of an industry in its adolescence—mature, sophisticated pricing data records, which are easily available for crops such as soybeans or com, are not yet established for industrial hemp.” Hemp farming has created new jobs in Upstate NY. We cannot leave these farmers to fight COVID-19 on their own.@RepSeanMaloney and I are calling on USDA Secretary Perdue to include hemp farmers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program so they can get the relief they need. pic.twitter.com/l0qvIUbouw — Rep. Anthony Brindisi (@RepBrindisi) June 17, 2020 “With that in mind, we urge the agency to allow hemp producers the opportunity to [work] through the [Notice of Funding Availability] process to demonstrate COYID-related price declines to USDA.” “After hemp was legalized federally for commercial marketing m 2018, it has provided thousands with new, vital economic opportunities nationwide This is particularly true in upstate New York, where hemp has played a vital role in providing new sources of…

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