Some $13 billion in additional agricultural aid for pandemic-impacted farmers should start going out by end of month.
Agriculture Undersecretary Bill Northey says the funds could go out even before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.
Eligible farmers would receive payments of $20 an acre, roughly $5 billion in all, according to the $900 billion coronavirus relief package signed late last year by President Donald Trump.
Hemp farmers were excluded from the first round of COVID-19 assistance, but the crop was later deemed eligible. Hemp is classified as a “flat-rate” crop, a category set up for crops that don’t meet the 5% price decline trigger or don’t have data available to calculate a price change.
Biden has said he will propose additional pandemic assistance after he takes office.