USDA Covering Farmers’ COVID Safety Measures

Grants will cover the cost of protective equipment.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced over the weekend that it would begin to offer grants for farmers who implemented safety measures to address the risks of COVID-19. A total of $650 million has been set aside to offset costs for protective equipment such as hand sanitizer or masks, as well as other costs. The grants range in size from $1,500 to $20,000, with the deadline for applications on November 22. 

USDA Undersecretary Jenny Moffitt explained the details of the Department’s support saying, “We’re actually very focused on trying to meet small employers with this funding, which is why we’ve made the application as streamlined as possible and as easy as possible.” She continued, “The program is designed to support a lot of the costs that producers, farmers markets have incurred because of the pandemic workplace safety responses.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for USDA officials as they provide farmers with assistance.
  • That Undersecretary Moffitt would seek God’s direction as she fulfills her role.
  • For the president’s administration as they address the food needs of the country. 

Sources: AP, VPR


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