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New Hampshire Agriculture Grants

Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments to NH Farmers Program Overview

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The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $10 million in emergency funding from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to support NH dairy farmers, fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant growers, and maple syrup 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 farmers for milk price support; $1.5 million to fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant growers, and maple syrup producers in order to ease the burden of substantial new COVID-19 related costs like extra cleaning and sanitizing, ensuring social distancing, and any lost revenues; and $4 million for emergency grants to ensure stability in the food supply.  The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (“Agriculture”) will administer these programs.      

Agriculture will calculate the relief payments to be made to 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 insurance, by deducting any payout if the dairy farmer had purchased insurance, or the premium amount that the dairy farmer would have paid had it purchased insurance.  The monthly relief payment to each dairy farmer will be the dairy farmer’s lost revenue during the applicable month(s) adjusted for insurance.  Agriculture will obtain this information and process payments automatically without the need for any formal request or application procedures.  Each dairy farmer, however, must submit a signed award agreement before receiving any relief payments.  

Agriculture will also calculate the relief payments to be made to fruit, vegetable, and ornamental plant growers, and maple syrup producers on a monthly basis, provided that the farmer: (1) had at least $50,000 of calendar year 2019 gross sales; and (2) has incurred COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost revenue during the applicable month(s).  The $1.5 million allocation will be divided up from March to December, based on historical sales.  Agriculture will require eligible farmers to submit actual COVID-19-related expense and lost revenue information on a monthly basis, and, upon review, will process relief payments based on each farmer’s monthly proportional share.

With uncertainty around the food supply, the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) will reserve $4 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.