The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program.
Among the announced updates:
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 now are eligible for CFAP payments.
FSA adjusted the payment calculation to use the producer’s eligible 2019 calendar year sales, and 2019 crop insurance indemnities, NAP, and WHIP+ payments, multiplied by the applicable payment rate for all sales commodities, which include specialty crops, aquaculture, tobacco, specialty livestock, nursery crops and floriculture, for CFAP 2.
USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce provided details on the announcement in a call with reporters. Read more in the USDA press release.USDA CFAP Update with Bill Northey and Richard Fordyce (19:34)