Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 provided direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
[This page has been archived.] The application period for CFAP 1 ended on September 11, 2020, for most producers. FSA accepted applications until October 9, 2020, for certain producers in Louisiana, Oregon, and Texas impacted by natural disasters.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 Deadline Update
USDA’s Farm Service Agency updated the deadline for certain producers impacted by natural disasters to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1. The deadline for impacted producers in Louisiana and the following Oregon and Texas counties was October 9, 2020.
Louisiana: Eligible producers in Louisiana that were impacted by Hurricane Laura had through October 9 to apply for CFAP 1.
Oregon: Eligible producers in Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath Falls, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties in Oregon had through October 9 to apply for CFAP 1. FSA only authorized this updated deadline for areas impacted by wildfire.
Texas: Eligible producers in Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Sabine, and Tyler counties in Texas had through October 9 to apply for CFAP 1. FSA only authorized this updated deadline for areas impacted by Hurricane Laura.
Apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1
The deadline for most producers to apply for CFAP 1 was September 11, 2020. Certain producers in Louisiana, Oregon, and Texas had through October 9 to apply.
FSA offered multiple ways for producers to apply for CFAP 1 to meet their business needs.
As the deadline for sign up for the first round of CFAP has passed, online applications for CFAP 1 are no longer available. Please contact your local service center for assistance on existing or late applications.
Producers self-certified when applying for CFAP 1, and documentation was not submitted with the application. You may be asked for additional documentation to support your certification of eligible commodities, so you should retain the documentation used to complete your application. Information on additional documents is provided at farmers.gov/cfap1/apply.
Commodity Eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 provided vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs.
Eligible commodities for CFAP 1 included:
Commodities Added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1
In response to comments and data received by the public, USDA announced on July 9 that it would make more than 40 additional specialty crop commodities eligible for the program. Nearly 60 additional commodities were announced on August 11, including additions to specialty crops and livestock along with the inclusion of nursery crops and cut flowers, aquaculture, and certain types of eggs.
In addition to these newly eligible commodities, USDA also expanded funding categories for several commodities and adjusted payment rates for others. A full list of these commodities, and their associated payment rates, can be found on our specialty crops, livestock, nursery and cut flowers, aquaculture, and eggs pages, above. These updates were made in two rounds, based on comments and data received from the public. Learn more in the NOFA and rule correction documents, found below under Additional CFAP 1 Information.
USDA began accepting applications for additional commodities announced on July 9 on July 13, 2020. Applications for commodities announced on August 11 were accepted beginning the week of August 17. If a producer submitted a CFAP 1 application for a previously ineligible commodity, and the application was disapproved, the producer was required to submit a new CFAP 1 application. If the producer submitted an application and was paid for CFAP 1 but also had crops that are now considered eligible or are now eligible for CARES Act funding for sales losses, the producer should have NOT submitted a new application, but rather, contacted the local FSA office to amend the application.
For producers who applied for CFAP 1 and whose commodities experienced payment rate increases, FSA automatically calculated the increase and issued a payment. For potato and mint payments, producers needed to contact FSA to amend the application to identify the specific type of potatoes or mint. Producers who already applied were not impacted by a payment rate decrease.
About the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1
USDA announced the first round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, CFAP 1, on April 17, 2020. Key program information included:
CFAP 1 Resources
USDA offered a range of webinars, digital tools, fact sheets, and user guides for farmers and ranchers interested in learning more about CFAP 1.
Broader USDA Efforts
In addition to CFAP, USDA has other programs and services available to farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
In the News
August 28, 2020: Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
August 11, 2020: USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP
April 17, 2020: USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
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