On April 17, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue introduced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which uses funding from the CARES Act and other USDA authorities to provide $19 billion in relief funding. This program will support producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered due to COVID-19.
Eligible commodities include non-specialty crops (such as corn, soybeans, and durum wheat), wool, livestock (including cattle), dairy, and specialty crops (including some fruits, vegetables, and nuts). The program will also consider additional crops and is collecting information, particularly for commodities including nursery products, aquaculture products, and cut flowers.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting applications on May 26. Eligible producers must meet specific criteria, available at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap. Starting on May 26, potential applicants should contact their FSA county office to schedule a telephone appointment.
For additional information about the program, visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap, which includes additional information and a webinar on the program. To discuss additional relief options that may be available for your business, contact your HBK advisor.