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USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Posted by Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency Administrator in Farming
May 29, 2020
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Producers can apply now through August 28, 2020, for direct assistance though the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

You can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020.

We now have the application form and a payment calculator available on farmers.gov/cfap. And we have a call center (877-508-8364) set up to help you with your questions.

We know producers are facing a tough time now, and we are making every effort to provide much needed support as quickly as possible. Producers of all eligible commodities can apply through their local FSA office. FSA is available over the phone and virtually to walk you through the application process, whether it’s the first time you’ve worked with us, or if you know us quite well.

About CFAP

Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion for vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

About Payments

CFAP is structured to ensure the availability of funding for all eligible producers who apply. In order to do this, you will receive 80 percent of your maximum total payment upon approval of your application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date nationwide, as funds remain available.

Our payment calculator can help you identify the sales and inventory records you need to apply and calculate your potential payments. You will need Microsoft Excel to use the payment calculator.

The CFAP payment calculator
The CFAP payment calculator can help you identify the sales and inventory records you need to apply and calculate your potential payments.

Applying for CFAP

By using the payment calculator tool, you will be able to print off a pre-filled CFAP application in which you can sign and submit to your local FSA office either electronically or via hand delivery to a drop box at your local office. Contact your local office to determine the preferred method. You may also need to complete necessary eligibility forms. If you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local office.

FSA may request additional documentation to support your application and certification after the application is filed. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed.

Requesting Additional Commodities

Didn’t see a commodity you produce on the list of eligible commodities? USDA is also establishing a process for you to identify additional commodities for potential inclusion in CFAP. Specifically, we are looking for data on agricultural commodities, that are not currently eligible for CFAP, that you believe to have either:

  1. suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  2. shipped but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channel, or
  3. not left the farm or remained unharvested as mature crops.

More information about this process is also available on farmers.gov/cfap or in this fact sheet (PDF, 765 KB).

Service Center Status

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with you by phone and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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Comments

Wayne T. Gilchrest
May 29, 2020

We are a non-profit that teaches public school children, K-12, at no charge, the principles of natures design. As it relates to organic farming. With heavy emphasis on soil health, carbon cycles and photosynthesis. All of our produce grown on two acres, is donated to a local food bank. During the present situation wtiuh covid 19, we have no students, but we continue to grow our vegetables. Is there any provision in the present Coronivirus food assitance program for us?

Sassafaras Environmental Education Center

Boateng Addison Agyenim
May 31, 2020

I am very grateful of getting ideas here to exhibit on my land for food production to zero hunger and avoid the spread of the virus in my community by observe centralization distribution or selling of farm produce. I am located in Ghana.
Can I apply for assistance for this project?

Mark Miller
Jun 14, 2020

How do I get an application for the program. I farm walnuts in San Joaquin County, Ca

Ben Weaver
Jun 15, 2020

@Mark Miller - thank you for your comment. The CFAP application, associated forms, and a payment calculator can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Additionally, you can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

Larry Cooke
Jun 28, 2020

We grow conifer nursery stock for the landscape industry. As a result of COVID-19, building has slowed down as well as landscaping which has decreased the need for nursery stock. Our rotations are 10-12 years and it is difficult to change our markets. Our sales have been decreased and this has negatively affect our family business. Please add nursery crops as one of your eligible crops...
thanks