USDA opens new funding program for farmers hurt by COVID

The USDA has launched a second round of COVID-19 relief payments that will hopefully reach more farmers, many of whom were left out of previous aid programs. USDA’s revamped Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) will provide $13.21 billion in aid and covers more commodities than the first round. Even more importantly for small and diversified producers, CFAP-2 includes a revenue-based payment program that can help “market farms” raising diversified fruits and vegetables, as well as those raising more types of livestock. 

USDA will take applications until Dec. 11, 2020 – but funds will be released on a rolling first-come first-serve basis and are expected to run out fairly quickly.

To be eligible for a payment, a producer must:

  • Complete a CFAP application form and provide any required documentation within 60 days of signing their application.
  • Be a producer having a share in the eligible commodity between April 1 and August 31, 2020.

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