The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a new multi-peril crop insurance pilot program for hemp farmers in 2020. To be eligible, farmers must live in specific counties of 21 states including Minnesota and North Dakota. Farmers also need a license to grow hemp and compliance with state regulations or operate under a state pilot program. Minnesota and North Dakota have pilot programs in place for 2020. USDA is also offering a Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program to give coverage for hemp grown where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. Farmers may apply now. The deadline to apply is March 16. Read more about the new program.
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