For many hemp farmers, daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges. The obstacles they face —from strenuous situations such as keeping the bottom line to the urgent need for implementing social distancing measures— are quickly becoming a new norm in the hemp industry.
There are many resources available to help businesses across the country better. Here’s what hemp farmers should keep in mind during COVID-19.
Protect your employees by implementing safety measures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an entire section addressing safety guidelines during the pandemic. Hemp farmers can implement them around their farm, ensuring the well-being of employees and aiding the overall production. These are the steps they can take to get started.
- Constant handwashing
- Avoiding close contact
- Covering mouths and noses with a mask
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Daily health monitoring
Head over to the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself & Others page to learn more.
The CARES Act
The Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries. Legal hemp farmers are eligible to seek financial help under the CARES Act, especially the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP provides small businesses the resources to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.
Keeping up with the latest trends in the industry during COVID-19
Headset, a data company that provides consumer and retail trends, market intelligence, and purchasing behavior, had documented the effects of the coronavirus on the market before and during the pandemic, as Forbes first reported it. The latest data suggests that after April and May, the industry entered a new normal.
Analytical Lab Testing
While no evidence suggests the coronavirus can jump into hemp crops, there’s no reason to neglect compliance with the current regulations in the hemp space. Through rigorous lab analysis, you can provide accurate information about your hemp crop, adding transparency to your product while gaining customer trust. Seek a reliable third-party testing laboratory that can make all the difference.
Speaking of performing lab tests, that’s what our team here at INX Labs specializes in. If you’re a hemp farmer looking to ensure your crop is compliant, get in touch with us today.