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