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New Hampshire Agriculture Relief Program

Expanded program to benefit newly eligible Farms

The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $10 million in emergency funding/grants from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to support New Hampshire dairy farmers, and specialty crop producers, including fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant growers, and maple producers, with COVID-19-related expenses and lost revenues from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.  Specifically, the Governor has authorized the allocation of $4.5 million to dairy farms for milk price support; $2.5 million to non-dairy farms generally in order to ease the burden of substantial new COVID-19-related costs like extra cleaning and sanitizing, ensuring social distancing, and lost sales, including $1.5 million for specialty crop producers that had at least $50,000 of 2019 gross sales (“Registered Farm Program”), and $1 million for all other farms that, during any application period, have incurred average COVID-19-related expenses of at least $500 per month or average COVID-19-related lost sales of at least $1,000 per month (“Non-Registered Farm Program”); and $3 million for emergency grants to ensure food supply stability.  The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (“Agriculture”) will administer these programs.   

Specialty Crop Producers

Registered Farm Program

This program provides relief funding for specialty crop producers, including fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant growers, and maple producers, provided that they: (1) had at least $50,000 of 2019 gross sales; (2) registered for the program by June 22, 2020; and (3) have incurred COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales since March 1, 2020 (“Registered Farm(s)”).  If an otherwise eligible farm did not register by June 22, 2020, it cannot apply for relief through this program.  

A Registered Farm can submit up to three applications, one for each of three time periods.  However, if a Registered Farm does not submit an application by the deadline, it cannot receive relief funding for any COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales incurred during the applicable time period, as outlined below.  The first application period for losses incurred during the period from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 began on June 25, 2020 and ended on July 15, 2020.  The next application deadlines are:

  • October 15, 2020, for expenses and/or lost sales incurred during July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020; and
  • December 10, 2020, for expenses and/or lost sales incurred during October 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

The amount of any grant will be calculated according to the following formula:

  • 100% of COVID-19-related expenses during the application period, except labor costs and capital purchases;
  • 50% of COVID-19-related labor costs up to the amount of any year-over-year sales increase, or 100% if no sales increase or for any amount over the increase;
  • 25% of any allowable COVID-19-related capital purchases; and
  • 50% of COVID-19-related lost sales from 2019 to 2020 during the application period.

The $1.5 million allocation is available to Registered Farms only, unless, based on the formula, they would receive grants totaling less than $1.5 million.  If so, the remaining funds could be used for the Non-Registered Farms Program.     

Expanded Farm Program

This program provides relief funding for newly eligible, non-dairy, farms that cannot apply through the Registered Farm Program, whether because they had less than $50,000 of 2019 gross sales, or missed the registration deadline. Instead of the Registered Farm Program’s $50,000 threshold, the Expanded Farm Program has a much lower, application period-specific threshold based on COVID-19-related losses.  Specifically, a farm would be eligible to apply for relief funding, if, during the application period, the farm had average COVID-19-related expenses of at least $500 per month or average COVID-19-related lost sales of at least $1,000 per month.  For example, if, during the period from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020, a farm had COVID-19-related expenses totaling $2,000 or lost sales totaling $4,000, the farm would be eligible to apply for relief funding.  The significantly lower threshold makes agriculture relief available to smaller farms, while ensuring it still helps those most in need of financial assistance.

The Expanded Farm Program applicants can submit up to three applications, but without having to register ahead of time.  If an eligible farm does not submit an application for the Expanded Farm Program by the deadline, it cannot receive relief funding for any COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales incurred during the applicable time period.

The application is now available for the Expanded Farm Program for COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales incurred during the period from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2020.

Click here to apply for the Expanded Farm Program

Click here to read Agriculture’s Application Fact Sheet before applying.

It is recommended that applicants use Google Chrome or Firefox web browsers to complete the application.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director, Division of Agricultural Development, at (603) 271-3551.            

The next application deadlines are the same as the Registered Farm Program’s deadlines/periods, specifically:

  • October 15, 2020, for expenses and/or lost sales incurred during July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020
  • December 10, 2020, for expenses and/or lost sales incurred during October 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

The grant formula is the same as for the Registered Farm Program.   

Dairy Farmers

This program provides relief funding for dairy farmers on a monthly basis, up to a total of $4.5 million.  Agriculture will calculate every dairy farmer’s COVID-19-related lost revenue from falling milk prices by comparing the price actually paid for milk shipped into the fluid milk market to the Agri-Mark Northeast Milk Price Forecasts, 2019-2020, dated February 28, 2020.  The lost revenue amount will be adjusted for: (1) insurance, by subtracting any payout if the dairy farmer had purchased insurance, or the premium amount that the dairy farmer would have paid had it purchased insurance; and (2) additional federal relief funding.  The monthly relief payment to each dairy farmer will be the dairy farmer’s lost revenue during the applicable month(s) adjusted for insurance and additional federal relief funding.  Agriculture will obtain this information and process payments automatically without the need for any formal request or application process.  Each dairy farmer, however, must submit a signed award agreement before receiving any relief funding.  

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director, Division of Agricultural Development, at (603) 271-3551.

Additionally, due to the uncertainty around the food supply, the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) will reserve $3 million to make emergency grants should the need arise. In the event that Agriculture determines a specific industry requires support in order to continue production, GOFERR will work with Agriculture to administer aid to that industry consistent with CARES Act guidance.