Eastern Shore farmer invited to speak at White House

47ABC – An Eastern Shore potato farmer was invited to speak at the White House on Tuesday about a new $19 billion relief program.

President Donald Trump announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on Tuesday. This program aims to provide $16 billion worth of financial assistance to farmers who have suffered a 5% or greater price decline, or have suffered losses caused by market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19.

The program also aims to provide $3 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, something David Hickman, co-owner of Dublin Farms in Accomack County, participates in. That program allows the government to buy produce grown on farms like Hickman’s to give out to families in need.

Hickman said, “This program is going to help Dublin Farms and other potato farmers on the Eastern Shore by creating additional demand with a lot of our existing customers because they have gone to providing a lot of these additional boxes to make up for some of the lost business.”

Hickman says going to the White House was a once in a lifetime experience, and says everyone had to get their temperatures checked and get tested for COVID-19 before coming into contact with the President.

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