Organizations continue to provide timely and relevant COVID-19 resources for farmers and local food leaders. To help you navigate this overload of information, below is a summary of the most relevant resources and webinars we've collected over the past week. This is a special edition dedicated to the USDAs recent announcement of its CFAP guidlines.
The USDA will begin taking applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on Tuesday, May 26th. They will distribute the funds on a first come first, served basis, so contact your FSA office today to start getting everything in order.
We have may concerns about the structure of this program. NSAC does a good initial job of outlining some of the issues on their blog. NSAC and OEFFA are still analyzing the program, so look for more information from us soon. That being said, these concerns shouldn't stop you from trying to utilize the program if you have a need it can help address.
If you are interested in this program your first step should be to contact your FSA office and talk to them about applying and start compiling the documentation you need. Do not send FSA information before you contact your office by phone. If you have not worked with the FSA before and do not know your local office's location, there is a "Find Your Local Service Center" tool at the bottom of the CFAP page.
Here is list of eligible commodities (follow the links for prices--wool and dairy prices are listed on the main CFAP page):
Non-specialty Crops: malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat
Livestock: cattle, hogs, and sheep (lambs and yearlings only)
This Calculator Preview explains the USDAs downloadable tool to help you calculate your payment amount. Unfortunately, it won't be available for download until the USDA starts taking applications on May 26.
Stay tuned to OEFFA’s COVID resource page for more information and resources that will be posted as they become available.
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During this difficult time, OEFFA is responding to the new and urgent challenges faced by family farmers. If you find value in these resources and OEFFA's work, and you're able to afford it, please consider making a donation or becoming a member, so we can continue to help others. Together, we'll get through this and grow.
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