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Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020. 

Prepare to Apply

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will offer multiple options for producers to apply for CFAP 2 once the application period opens on September 21. Those include:

Apply Online

Producers with an eAuthentication account will be able to apply for CFAP 2 via our CFAP 2 Application Portal. Applications will be completed, electronically signed, and submitted directly to your local Service Center through this online system.

Producers of commodities with flat-rate payments or price trigger crops with acreage reports will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local Farm Service Agency or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal. Relevant commodities are detailed under the USDA Service Center Completes Application option.

The portal will be available here once the CFAP 2 application period opens on September 21. Producers interested in creating an eAuthentication account should visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more.
 

Manually Complete Application

Producers who are interested in filling out the CFAP 2 application manually will be able to download the application form, AD-3117, to fill out and return to the FSA office at their local USDA Service Center. The AD-3117 application form will also be available in Spanish.

Producers of commodities with flat-rate payments or price trigger crops with acreage reports will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local Farm Service Agency or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal. Relevant commodities are detailed under the USDA Service Center Completes Application option.

Both versions of the AD-3117 application form will be available here once the CFAP 2 application period opens on September 21. 
 

Fill Application with Payment Calculator

Our CFAP 2 Application Generator and Payment Calculator is an Excel workbook that allows you to input information specific to your operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which you can then print, sign, and submit to the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center. USDA will publish this Payment Calculator September 21 to include certain CFAP 2 commodities.

Producers of commodities with flat-rate payments or price trigger crops with acreage reports will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local Farm Service Agency or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal. Relevant commodities are detailed under the USDA Service Center Completes Application option.
 

USDA Service Center Completes Application

Producers of commodities with flat-rate payments or price trigger crops with acreage reports will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local Farm Service Agency or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal. 

Crops eligible for CFAP 2 in the flat-rate payment category include: 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, speltz, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale. Hay, except alfalfa, and crops with intended uses of grazing, green manure, or left standing, are not eligible.

Additionally, eligible price trigger crops include: barley, corn, upland cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, and wheat (all classes.)

Visit farmers.gov/cfap/row-crops or farmers.gov/cfap/specialty to learn more, and call your local USDA Service Center to initiate your CFAP 2 application for these specific commodities after the application period opens on September 21.
 

 

Additional Application Materials

In addition to the application form, our staff will work with you to complete portions of the CCC-902 – Farm Operating Plan – if necessary. Additionally, the following forms will be needed for CFAP 2. If you are an existing customer, including those who participated in CFAP 1, this information is likely on file at your local USDA Service Center.

  • CCC-901 (Also Available in Spanish) – Identifies members of a farm or ranch that is a legal entity. Member Information will be completed by legal entities and joint operations to collect the following:
    • member names, addresses, and Tax Identification Numbers
    • citizenship status
  • CCC-941 (Also Available in Spanish) – Reports your average adjusted gross income for programs where income restrictions apply. Forms CCC-941 and CCC-942 (if applicable) used for certifying average AGI and Farm AGI are required to be filed by the applicant. The individual or a legal entity applying must provide information on all members, stockholders, or partners at or above the fourth level of ownership in the business structure.
  • CCC-942 – If applicable, this certification reports income from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities for those exceeding the adjusted gross income limitation. Forms CCC-941 and CCC-942 (if applicable) used for certifying average AGI and Farm AGI are required to be filed by the applicant. The individual or a legal entity applying must provide information on all members, stockholders, or partners at or above the fourth level of ownership in the business structure.
  • AD-1026 (Also Available in Spanish) – Ensures compliance with highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation.
  • AD-2047 – Provides basic customer contact information.
  • SF-3881 – Collects your banking information to allow USDA to make payments to you via direct deposit.

Producers who are applying for payment for price trigger or flat-rate crops must file a report of all acreage for the crop on FSA-578, Report of Acreage. If a producer has not completed a crop acreage report for 2020, a late file report will be accepted. If the producer is filing the FSA-578 for CFAP 2 purposes only, there will be no late-file fee or required farm inspection.

To complete the CFAP 2 application, producers will need to reference their sales, inventory, and other records. However, since CFAP 2 is a self-certification program, this documentation will not need to be submitted with the application. 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.

 

Assistance with Applying

USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. While most offices are open by phone appointment only, FSA will work with producers by phone and use email and online tools to process CFAP 2 applications. Please call the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment if you’d like assistance or have questions after the CFAP 2 application period opens on September 21. You can find contact information for your local USDA Service Center at the bottom of the page, and check the status of your local USDA Service Center at farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status.

A call center will be 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 to speak with a Spanish speaking employee. For other languages, customers select 1 and indicate their language to the call center staff.

 

Additional CFAP 2 Information

Visit farmers.gov/cfap for additional information on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, eligible commodities, CFAP 2 eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and the latest program resources.

 

Find Your Local Service Center

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, some are only available for phone appointments at this time. You can learn the status of your service center through this tool. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

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