FRANKFORT, Ky. — Help is available for Kentucky farmers to help deal with any potential problems as a result of coronavirus.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says $1,000 cash grants are available from the American Farmland Trust (AFT)
“American Farmland Trust says it best: ‘No farms, no food,’” Commissioner Quarles said. “I want to praise this organization for launching a Farmer Relief Fund to provide another way for farmers to keep whole during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage Kentucky producers to see if they qualify for the grants and urge Kentuckians to locate producers they can support at kyproud.com.”
To be eligible farmers must have annual gross revenue between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers’ markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, schools, caterers, stores, or makers who use farm products.
“AFT is focused on calling immediate attention to the struggle of the farmers who have been suddenly cut off from their main sources of revenue or seen them reduced. We want to help by providing funds to bridge the gap,” said John Piotti, AFT president and chief executive officer. “But this crisis also elevates the need for AFT’s broader work, getting farming right before it is too late. We can’t let this crisis slow us down. If agriculture is to have a future, if we are to have a future, we must work hard to protect our agricultural resources, including the land, the soil, and the people who steward both.”
Applications are being accepted until April 23 and grants will be given out beginning May 1.