USDA Releases Second Round of Coronavirus Funding Assistance for Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding. CFAP 2 will provide $14 billion in financial assistance to producers who continue to face market disruptions and related costs during the pandemic.
According to the USDA, CFAP 2 incorporates producer feedback and has been adapted to better meet the needs of impacted farmers growing non-specialty and specialty crops, livestock, dairy, eggs, aquaculture, nursery crops, and cut flowers.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21-December 11, 2020.
To complete the application, farmers need to reference their sales, inventory, and other records. It is a self-certification program and the documents will not need to be included with the application, but should be available for county committee review and spot checks.
Call your local FSA office to schedule an appointment if you need assistance or have questions.
A call center is available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the application process; call (877) 508-8364.
USDA is offering a CFAP 2 webinar Thursday, September 24 at 3 p.m. ET. If you are interested in hearing directly from USDA about expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply, you can register for the webinar here.