Federal Coronavirus Assistance Program (CFAP2) Expands to More Crops

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) began taking applications for CFAP2 on Monday, September 21. The program will end on December 11, 2020. Close to $14 billion dollars has been made available to fund this effort.

The program has expanded to include hundreds of crops and livestock products.

In fact, the only items not eligible for relief under CFAP2 are:

  • Hay, except alfalfa, and crops intended for grazing;
  • All equine, animals raised for breeding stock, companion or comfort animals, pets, and animals raised for hunting or game purposes;
  • And birdsfoot and trefoil, clover, cover crop, fallow, forage soybeans, forage sorghum, gardens (commercial and home), grass, kochia (prostrata), lespedeza, milkweed, mixed forage, pelts (excluding mink), perennial peanuts, pollinators, sun hemp, vetch, and seed of ineligible crops.

There are three payment categories for crops and livestock products:

Price Trigger Commodities: barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Broilers, eggs and milk, beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep.
Relief payment based on 2020 planed acres, yield, marketing percentage and a specified payment rate.

Flat-Rate Commodities: alfalfa, amaranth grain, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, hemp, indigo, industrial rice, kenaf, khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, rice, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, spelt, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale. Relief payment is simply $15 per acre times 2020 planted acres

Sales Commodities: hundreds of specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture. Relief payments are made based on the producer’s 2019 sales of the above eligible commodities and a declining payment rate that is roughly about 10% of the value of those sales.

For more details see the USDA website at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
The Farm Service Agency will be offering public webinar on CFAP 2 on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT, registration at this link. CFAP2 Webinar

Finally, there will be a payment calculator tool that you can use to assess how much you would receive in relief. The link for the calculator is at the Farmers.Gov CFAP page.

About Beth Holtzman

Beth Holtzman is outreach and education coordinator for the UVM New Farmer Project the Women's Agricultural Network.
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