The UMass Extension Risk Management Education Program in cooperation with the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the USDA – Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be conducting an information session via Zoom Meeting on CFAP 2 along with some upcoming Federal Crop Insurance deadlines on Wednesday, November 4th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. A short presentation on CFAP 2 will be given by FSA with ample time to answer audience questions.

Signup began September 21 and runs through December 11, 2020, for the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2) at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office that serves your operation. The purpose of CFAP 2 is to provide financial assistance to producers who have faced and continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. CFAP 2 provides assistance for dairy, livestock, poultry, fruits, vegetables, aquaculture, maple sap, wool, honey, flowers, eligible nursery crops, and Christmas trees (including other crops that may not be listed here) grown by the applicant. Crops purchased for resale are ineligible for CFAP 2. Value-added or processed crops (such as apple cider, pies, jams, etc.) are eligible but applicants will have to determine the value of the commodity prior to processing and use that figure rather than the sales of the value added or processed commodity.

CFAP 2 is unique program that is easy to participate in and benefits many different aspects of agriculture. Through the first 4 weeks of signup, 340 approved CFAP 2 applicants in Massachusetts have received over $7.4 million.

Join the Zoom Meeting to see how you can participate:

This is material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number

2018-70027-28588. UMass Extension works in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center to educate Massachusetts producers about Federal Crop Insurance and USDA Disaster Assistance Programs.

For more information, please contact UMass Risk Management Specialists Paul Russell at pmrussell@umass.edu or Tom Smiarowski at tsmiarowski@umass.edu