Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance - May 12, 2020
In April, USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide direct support based on losses for agriculture producers where prices and market supply chains have been significantly impacted and will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19. CFAP will provide assistance to most farms that have experienced at least a five percent loss and will be available to farms regardless of size. We are still working on the final details of the actual payment rates and those details will be determined and included as part of the rulemaking process. Once the rule making process is complete, the application period will be open and subject to the eligibility and payment limit criteria described in the rule. As part of applying for the program, you’ll need to contact the Farm Service Agency county office to schedule an appointment. Your local FSA staff will work with you to apply for the program, and through forms asking for this type of information: • Contact • Personal, including your Tax Identification Number • Farming operating structure • Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility • Direct deposit to enable payment Please do not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call. We take your privacy and security of your information very seriously. If you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center. What Can You Do Now? While the application process has not started, you can start gathering/understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. How Will USDA Accept Applications? USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Once the application period opens, please call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment. Our staff is working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email, fax, mail, and online tools like Box to accept applications. Information on CFAP can be found at farmers.gov/CFAP. ________________________________________ Questions? Please contact your local FSA Office.