The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The new assistance includes expanded eligibility for certain commodities and producers established in the recently passed relief package, as well as updated payments for producers who were eligible under previous iterations of the program.
Producers may submit new applications or modify existing applications through the USDA Farm Service Agency between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26, 2021.
Expanded CFAP 2 eligibility
Contract producers of swine, broilers, laying hens, chicken eggs and turkeys who suffered a drop in revenue in 2020 as compared to their 2019 revenue because of the pandemic now are eligible for assistance. Producers could receive up to 80% of their revenue loss, subject to the availability of funds. Producers of pullets and turfgrass sod also are now available for CFAP payments.
Updated CFAP 2 payment calculations
CFAP 1 ‘Top-up’ payments for swine
How to apply
Newly eligible producers who need to submit a CFAP 2 application or producers who need to modify an existing one can do so between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26, 2021, by contacting their local USDA Service Center. New applicants can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling (877) 508-8364. Additional information can be found on USDA’s CFAP website.