The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday that hemp growers are specifically ineligible for a coronavirus relief program it’s running. But hours after Marijuana Moment reported that the department also singled out hemp as being specifically ineligible for any reevaluation, the government removed that language from the initial notice.
The stated reason for the crop’s exclusion is because it found hemp prices did not suffer a five percent or greater decline from January to April. USDA originally made the notable decision to exclude hemp as one of only two commodities that wouldn’t receive a reevaluation of eligibility even if “credible evidence” surfaced that the crop’s market did experience such declines. The other was tobacco.
The list of ineligible commodities includes “sheep more than two years old, eggs/layers, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat, white wheat, rice, flax, rye, peanuts, feed barley, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, alfalfa, forage crops, hemp, and tobacco,” the department said in notice about its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).