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Specialty Crops and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a specialty crop producer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have 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 market costs. USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap.

 

Eligible Specialty Crops

Producers of specialty crops are eligible for CFAP payments in the following three categories:

  1. Had crops that suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  2. Had produce shipped but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channel, and
  3. Had shipments that did not leave the farm or mature crops that remained unharvested.

The following table lists the specialty crops eligible for payment in each category.

Crop Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
Alfalfa Sprouts 1  
Almonds
Apples 2, 3
Anise 1
Artichokes 3
Arugula 1  
Asparagus 3  
Avocados  
Basil 1
Beans
Bean Sprouts 1  
Beets 1  
Blackberries 1
Blueberries 23
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts 1
Cabbage
Cantaloupe 3  
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac (Celery Root) 1  
Celery  
Chives 1  
Cilantro 1
Coconut 1  
Collard Greens 1
Corn, sweet
Cucumbers 3
Dandelion Greens 1
Eggplant
Garlic 23
Grapefruit  
Greens (others not listed) 1
Guava 1
Kale Greens 1  
Kiwifruit 3  
Lemons
Lettuce, Boston 1
Lettuce, green leaf 1
Lettuce, iceberg
Lettuce, Lolla Rossa 1  
Lettuce, oak leaf - green 1  
Lettuce, oak leaf - red 1  
Lettuce, red leaf 1
Lettuce, romaine
Marjoram 1
Mint 1  
Mushrooms 3  
Mustard Greens 1  
Okra 1
Onions, dry
Onions, green  
Oranges  
Oregano 1  
Papaya 3  
Parsnips 1
Passion Fruit 1
Peaches 3, 5  
Pears 
Peas, Green (English/Garden, Snap, and Sugar) 1
Pecans
Peppers, bell type
Peppers, other
Pineapples 1  
Pistachios 1  
Potatoes, fresh - other 23, 4
Potatoes, fresh - Russets 23, 4
Potatoes, processing 23, 4
Potatoes, seeds 23, 4
Radicchio 1  
Raspberries 23
Rhubarb 35  
Rosemary 1  
Sage 1
Savory 1  
Spinach
Squash
Sorrel 1  
Strawberries
Sugarcane, table 1  
Sweet potatoes  
Swiss Chard 1  
Tangerines 23
Taro 23
Thyme 1  
Tomatoes
Turnip Tops Greens 1  
Walnuts  
Watermelons    

1: Commodity added in response to Notice of Funding availability, effective July 10, 2020
2: Expanded eligibility to include CARES Act funding for sales losses because USDA found these commodities had a 5 percent or greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3: Payment rate corrected per notice published in Federal Register July 10, 2020.
4: Divided potatoes into fresh russets, other fresh, processing and seed, with payment rates attributed accordingly.
5: USDA determined that peaches and rhubarb no longer qualify for payment under the CARES Act sales loss category.

 

CFAP Payments for Specialty Crops

Payments will be available for eligible specialty crops that experienced immediate losses, a price decline, spoiled, were unpaid, or were unharvested due to market conditions between January 15, 2020, and April 15, 2020. Specialty crops in inventory or in storage facilities that may be sold after April 15, 2020, are not eligible for CFAP. Payment details for eligible specialty crops are as follows:

  1. Payments for crops that had a five percent-or-greater price decline in sales price between January 15, 2020, and April 15, 2020. When requested, producers must provide records such as bills of sale.  
  2. Payments for crop shipments that left the farm by April 15, 2020, and spoiled due to no market. When requested, producers must obtain documentation such as an explanation of non-payment or other record validating non-payment.
  3. Payments for crop shipments that did not leave the farm by April 15, 2020, (for example, were harvested but sitting in crates on the farm), were donated, or mature crops that were unharvested by that date (for example, were plowed under) due to lack of buyers, and which have not been and will not be sold.

When requested, producers must provide supporting documentation, which USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will use to substantiate claims on a case-by-case basis.

The following table lists specialty crop payment rates for CFAP.

Commodity CARES Act Payment Rate for Sales Losses
($/lb)
CARES Act Payment Rate for Product that left the farm but spoiled due to loss of marketing channel ($/lb) CCC Payment Rate ($/Acre)
Alfalfa Sprouts $8.14 $5,465.63
Almonds $0.26 $0.57 $237.60
Anise $0.88 $0.81 $96.00
Apples $0.05 $0.22 $1,500.00
Artichokes $0.88 $0.69 $1,690.00
Arugula $4.64 $9,100.00
Asparagus $0.25 $182.00
Avocados $0.14 $153.60
Basil $0.30 $1.65 $1,920.00
Beans $0.17 $0.16 $233.79
Bean Sprouts $0.26 $60.00
Beets $0.30 $2,160.00
Blackberries $1.72 $2.11 $2,615.80
Blueberries $0.20 $0.93 $1,193.40
Broccoli $0.62 $0.49 $1,563.00
Brussels Sprouts $0.26 $0.34 $1,260.00
Cabbage $0.04 $0.07 $367.30
Cantaloupe $0.14 $718.20
Carrots $0.02* $0.11 $1,251.40
Cauliflower $0.11 $0.31 $1,327.20
Celeriac (Celery Root) $0.52 $2,000.00
Celery $0.07 $560.00
Chives $1.32 $4,680.00
Cilantro $0.19 $0.23 $860.00
Coconuts $0.25 $450.00
Collard Greens $0.04 $0.21 $560.00
Corn, sweet $0.09 $0.13 $483.60
Cucumbers $0.18 $0.17 $444.90
Dandelion Greens $0.06 $0.26 $700.00
Eggplant $0.07 $0.15 $412.71
Garlic $0.17 $1.10 $3,410.00
Grapefruit $0.11 $496.76
Greens (others not listed) $0.08 $0.16 $420.00
Guava $1.52 $1.73 $6,800.00
Kale Greens $0.22 $748.00
Kiwifruit $0.44 $2,106.00
Lemons $0.08 $0.21 $1,424.00
Lettuce, Boston $0.09 $0.34 $1,523.20
Lettuce, green leaf $0.44 $0.60 $2,611.20
Lettuce, iceberg $0.20 $0.15 $1,128.00
Lettuce, Lolla Rosa $1.69 $7,180.80
Lettuce, oak leaf - green $1.69 $7,180.80
Lettuce, oak leaf - red $1.69 $7,180.80
Lettuce, red leaf $0.42 $0.60 $2,611.20
Lettuce, romaine $0.07 $0.12 $623.60
Marjoram $1.06 $1.42 $1,124.20
Mint $7.47 $162.06
Mushrooms $0.58 $33,110.00
Mustard Greens $0.21 $636.00
Okra $0.31 $0.46 $1,080.00
Onions, dry $0.01 $0.05 $540.10
Onions, green $0.30 $1,782.00
Oranges $0.14 $634.83
Oregano $1.22 $784.08
Papaya $0.31 $1,020.00
Parsnips $0.06 $0.40 $1,600.00
Passion Fruit $0.89 $3.21 $17,640.00
Peaches $0.30 $1,099.20
Pears $0.08 $0.18 $966.00
Peas, Green (English/Garden, Snap, and Sugar) $0.10 $0.36 $275.10
Pecans $0.28 $0.93 $116.46
Peppers, bell type $0.14 $0.22 $1,267.20
Peppers, other $0.15 $0.22 $644.80
Pineapples $0.23 $1,500.00
Pistachios $0.74 $358.40
Potatoes, fresh, other $0.01 $0.04 $449.00
Potatoes, fresh, Russets $0.07 $0.09 $898.00
Potatoes, processing $0.02 $0.03 $449.00
Potatoes, seed $0.02 $0.04 $449.00
Radicchio $0.72 $1,470.00
Raspberries $0.44 $1.69 $4,455.00
Rhubarb $0.76 $296.85
Rosemary $2.60 $8,994.36
Sage $0.72 $3.06 $3,747.00
Savory $0.62 $1,440.00
Sorrel $2.85 $7,840.00
Spinach $0.37 $0.37 $1,022.00
Squash $0.72 $0.39 $2,534.40
Strawberries $0.84 $0.72 $7,042.00
Sugarcane, table $0.14 $2,094.00
Sweet potatoes $0.18 $871.60
Swiss Chard $0.25 $750.00
Tangerines $0.05 $0.25 $1,531.10
Taro $0.12 $0.29 $577.80
Thyme $2.63 $2,731.05
Tomatoes $0.64 $0.38 $6,122.90
Turnip Top Greens $0.19 $560.00
Walnuts $0.45 $322.20
Watermelons $0.02

* Due to a technical error, the CFAP rule incorrectly stated a $.20 CARES payment rate for sales losses. USDA is making a technical correction to the rule to reflect the correct rate of $.02.

Additional information for specialty crop producers is available in our fact sheet, Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Specialty Crops. This fact sheet is also available in Spanish and Puerto Rican Spanish.

Watch our CFAP for Specialty Crop Producers Webinar to learn more about the program.

 

Additional CFAP Information

Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications. 

Visit farmers.gov/cfap for additional information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, other eligible commodities, CFAP eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and how to apply.

 

Find Your Local Service Center

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