Stimulus package includes markets, grant application deadline extensions, and a new upcoming farmers market emergency response webinar.
Senate includes $9.5B for Local Food Systems in Emergency Stimulus Package
Both the House and the Senate have now passed a two trillion-dollar stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date which the president is expected to sign by the end of the day Friday.
The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, including farmers markets, restaurants, and schools, and livestock producers, including dairy producers.”
Thank you to all who reached out to their legislators. This is a win for farmers who sell through farmers markets and without your advocacy, it wouldn’t have happened.
Unfortunately, it is not clear if farmers market operators will be eligible for relief funds. Additionally, we are still calling on Congress to direct the CDC and Department of Homeland Security to issue clear guidance that farmers markets are essential services and to direct USDA to waive matching requirements for current grant RFPs.
Photo: Reana Kovalcik 2020. Earth Spring Farm, PA. Farmer Mike shown. FRESHFARM Farmers Market, Mt Pleasant DC.