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Apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 20, 2020
Farmstead

On May 19, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released payment details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The CFAP program will help agricultural producers recoup partial losses due to the economic repercussions of COVID-19.

Covered commodities include specialty crops, corn, soybeans, hard red spring wheat, dairy, hogs, beef, wool, and other commodities experiencing a 5% price decline due to coronavirus.

Because USDA offices are not taking in-person appointments, farmers must call their local USDA service center to begin the application process with Farm Service Agency.

Sign up for the program begins Tuesday, May 26.

Farmers who have not previously worked with Farm Service Agency will need to submit personal and farm information to begin their application process. All farmers will need to provide recent sales and inventory information.

USDA encourages producers that are not already enrolled in other Farm Service Agency programs to contact their local FSA and gather the following information to fill out the required forms:

  • Your contact information
  • Personal information, including your Tax Identification Number
  • Farming operating structure
  • Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility
  • Direct deposit for payment processing

Specialty crop producers, in particular, should contact FSA now.

Many dairy, livestock and row crop producers will already have this information in the FSA system. For these producers, no action is needed now until the CFAP application begins later.

For the privacy and security of your information, USDA reminds producers to call them first before sending any personal information. You can find contact information for your local USDA Service Center at the bottom of this web page.

USDA offices are not taking in-person appointments. USDA Service Center staff are only available for phone appointments at this time. USDA services are still available via phone appointment or online. Farmers.gov is the main website for USDA producer services.

Extension provides detailed information about this program on the ABM blog.

Find more information about financial help for farmers.

Megan Roberts, Extension educator

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