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New round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) available

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the second round of direct farmer assistance, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). The wide-reaching program covers hundreds of commodities, including specialty and non-specialty crops and livestock.

Sign up for CFAP 2 began Monday, September 21, 2020 and concludes Friday, December 11, 2020. Sign-up for the original program, CFAP 1, ended September 11.

Funding for CFAP 2 comes from the Commodity Credit Corp (CCC) Charter Act. CCC funds were replenished through the CARES Act back in March 2020. USDA estimates distributing a total of $14 billion in ad-hoc direct payments to producers nationwide through CFAP 2.

CFAP 2 is a separate program from CFAP 1 with a separate application. If you are eligible, you can apply for CFAP 2 regardless of whether you participated in CFAP 1 or any other FSA program (see USDA's FAQs for more information.)

For the most up-to-date information on CFAP including how to apply, visit the USDA website or contact your local FSA office.

See Financial help for Minnesota farmers for a list of programs and resources.

Megan Roberts, Extension educator

Read the original blog post from Sept. 18, 2020 on the ABM blog.

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