Are you a tobacco producer 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.
The application period for CFAP 2 closed on December 11 for most producers. Under CFAP Additional Assistance, certain producers are now eligible to apply for CFAP 2 and others may modify existing applications. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept new or modified applications from January 19 through February 26, 2021. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap.
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, or CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21, 2020 through December 11, 2020. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap2.
Tobacco is eligible for CFAP 2.
CFAP 2 payments are available for eligible producers of tobacco, which is categorized as a sales commodity. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where tobacco producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales.
CFAP 2 Payments for Tobacco
Tobacco is a unique commodity in that payments under CFAP 2 are not authorized through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act, but instead through the authority of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Payments for tobacco will be based on the producer’s 2019 sales of eligible commodities in a declining block format using the following payment factors, and will be equal to:
- The amount of the producer’s eligible sales in calendar year 2019, multiplied by
- The payment rate for that range.
|2019 Sales Range||Percent Payment Factor for the Producer’s 2019 Sales
of Eligible Commodities Falling in the Range
|$0 to $49,999||10.6%|
|$50,000 to $99,999||9.9%|
|$100,000 to $499,999||9.7%|
|$500,000 to $999,999||9.0%|
|Sales over $1 million||8.8%|
Payments for tobacco producers who began farming in 2020 and had no sales in 2019 will be based on the producer’s actual 2020 sales as of the producer’s application date.
Eligible sales only include sales of raw commodities grown by the producer. The portion of sales derived from adding value to the commodity, such as processing and packaging, and from sales of products purchased for resale, is not included in the payment calculation.
Example: A producer’s 2019 sales of eligible commodities totaled $75,000. The payment is calculated as ($49,999 times 10.6%) plus ($25,001 times 9.9%) equals a total payment of $7,775.
Additional examples and clarifications for CFAP 2 sales commodity calculations for can be found under Sales Commodities on farmers.gov/cfap2/faq and on page 22 of the Cost-Benefit Analysis published under CFAP 2 Resources on farmers.gov/cfap2. We recommend referencing these examples to calculate your estimated CFAP 2 payments for tobacco.
Additional CFAP 2 Information
Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file CFAP 2 applications. Producers interested in one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance at our call center.
Visit farmers.gov/cfap2 for additional information on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, other eligible commodities, CFAP 2 eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and how to apply.
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