Hawaii Coffee Farmers In Jeopardy With No Federal Aid

From: usnews.com

Hawaii‘s congressional delegation has continually urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its coronavirus relief program to include coffee farmers but the state’s roughly $50 million coffee industry waits in a state of limbo.

The $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, funded through the CARES Act, provides money to farmers that have seen a 5% or greater reduction in yield. Producers of wool, livestock, dairy and crops such as apples, carrots and potatoes are eligible for the program. Coffee farmers are not, despite being the second most valuable commodity produced in the state, according to the Hawaii Coffee Industry’s website.

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