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Newly-established fund would give $1,000 grants to farmers hurt by the COIVD-19 crisis

Posted: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 3:26 PM

American Farmland Trust is announcing the creation of a Farmer Relief Fund, with all monies raised going directly to farmers.

The fund will award eligible farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

The initial focus will be on farms that sell at farmers markets or to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products. That focus could change over time as the negative impacts of the crisis become more widespread within U.S. agriculture.

A new report estimates that local and regional food systems could lose up to $1.3 billion between March and May of this year.

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