The final deadline for filing a new or modified application under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Phase 2 (CFAP 2) with the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) is October 12, 2021. The purpose of CFAP 2 is to provide financial assistance to producers who faced and continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Most crops are covered as well as dairy, livestock, poultry and eggs. Check with your USDA – FSA to determine crop eligibility.
For producers of fruits, vegetables, aquaculture, honey, maple sap, Christmas trees and tobacco (referred to as “sales commodities), CFAP 2 payments were originally based upon 2019 calendar year sales of eligible crops. USDA announced an amendment to the CFAP 2 payment calculation for producers of “sales commodities” to substitute 2018 sales for 2019 sales. Producers who already received a CFAP 2 payment are encouraged to take a look at their 2018 sales and contact their USDA FSA Office to modify their CFAP 2 application if using the 2018 sales would result in a higher payment. If a producer hasn’t filed a CFAP 2 application for “sales commodities”, those producers now have the option of using either 2018 or 2019 sales. Payments for “sales commodities” producers who began farming in 2020 and had no sales in 2018 or 2019 will be based on the producer’s actual 2020 sales as of the producer’s application date. USDA-FSA uses different payment formulas for dairy, livestock, poultry, eggs and silage and grain corn.
Producers are encouraged to immediately contact the FSA Office that serves their farming operation with questions they may have along with procedures to file a new or modified application and related paperwork. Producers should call their FSA Office before visiting the FSA Office since FSA may have restrictions in place for in-person office visits. Sales records are not required at the time of signup but producers may have to provide evidence of total sales if the application is selected for a later spotcheck.
As of 10/4/21, 1,589 applicants have received $31,549,621 in CFAP assistance. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
Detailed information also can be found at: https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus/pandemic-assistance/