Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

On Sunday, April 17, 2020 Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary, announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). “During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of. The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America’s farmers and ranchers,” Secretary Perdue said. “This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need.”

About CFAP
This $19 billion relief program includes support for farmers & ranchers and an additional support for USDA purchase and distribution.

  1. Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers: The program will provide $16 billion in support based on actual losses for agricultural producers who have suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who face substantial marketing costs for inventories.
    • Eligible commodities include:

    • Non-specialty Crops: malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat.
    • Wool
    • Livestock: cattle, hogs, and sheep (labs and yearlings only)
    • Dairy
    • Specialty Crops:
      • Fruits: apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelons
      • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, dry onions, green onions, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, taro
      • Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts
      • Other: beans, mushrooms
  2. USDA Purchase and Distribution: USDA will partner with local and regional distributors whose workforce has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. They will start with $100 million each for fruits/vegetables, dairy products, and meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

Starting May 26, 2020, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. While the application process has not yet started, you can start gathering your farm’s recent sales and inventory.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a CFAP payment a person or entity must have an average AGI of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. However, if 75% of their AGI comes from farming, ranching, or forestry, the limit does not apply.

Applying: USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Please call your local FSA county office to schedule your appointment after May 26.

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