Has your operation been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. This is part of a larger initiative to improve USDA pandemic assistance to producers.
[This page has been archived.] The signup period for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is closed. USDA’s Farm Service Agency re-opened CFAP 2 signup beginning April 5, 2021. Signup closed on October 12, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on March 24, 2021. This is part of a larger effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. CFAP updates included re-opening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), additional payments for eligible cattle and row crop producers, and the processing of payments for certain applications filed as part of CFAP Additional Assistance.
USDA announced additional updates to CFAP on August 24, 2021, including additional eligible commodities and flexibility to payment calculations for sales-based commodities and eligible livestock and poultry contract producers. Commodity-specific information is available under Eligible Commodities, below.
Commodities eligible for the current Coronavirus Food Assistance Program signup period are outlined below. Click to learn more about the commodities you grow or raise.
You can access a full list of all eligible and ineligible commodities outlined by payment category at farmers.gov/cfap/commodities.
Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
USDA’s Farm Service Agency offered multiple options for producers to apply for CFAP 2. Those included:
Additional Application Information
Additional forms needed to complete your CFAP 2 application may already be on file with your local USDA Service Center. You can find those forms and more information about applying for CFAP 2 at farmers.gov/cfap/apply.
To complete the CFAP 2 application, producers will need to reference their production, sales, inventory, revenue, and other records. However, since CFAP 2 is a self-certification program, this documentation will not need to be submitted with the application. Contract producers must provide a copy of their contract. Because applications are subject to County Committee review and spot check, some producers will be required to provide documentation. Producers should retain the records and documentation they use to complete the application. Visit farmers.gov/cfap/apply to learn more.
Assistance with Applying
We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the pandemic. Some USDA offices are open to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools.
Please call the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center if you’d like assistance or have questions about applying for CFAP 2.
A call center is available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The call center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. Customers will select 1 for English and 2 for Spanish. For other languages, customers will select 1 and indicate their language to the call center staff.
About Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA is currently implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers whose operations were directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The original application period for CFAP 2 was September 21 through December 11, 2020. USDA reopened CFAP 2 signup for all eligible producers beginning April 5, 2021. Signup will close on October 12, 2021. Key program information includes:
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Resources
USDA offers additional resources for farmers and ranchers interested in learning more about CFAP.
USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers
USDA is dedicated to reaching a broad set of producers and agricultural businesses through our new initiative, Pandemic Assistance for Producers.
Visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance for the latest updates on this new initiative and information on programs and services for your agricultural operation.
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