Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Tobacco Producers

Are you a tobacco producer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 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.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on March 24 the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin providing additional financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. Resources for these payments were approved by Congress in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The original application period for CFAP 2 was September 21 through December 11, 2020. USDA will reopen CFAP 2 signup for all eligible producers beginning April 5, 2021. A deadline for signup will be announced at a later date. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap.

Tobacco Eligibility

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.

FSA updated the CFAP 2 payment calculation for tobacco to account for crop insurance indemnities and payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). This more accurately represents what a producer would have marketed if not for a cause of loss.

Payments for tobacco producers are now calculated using the producer’s eligible sales during calendar year 2019 plus crop insurance indemnities and WHIP+ payments received for crop year 2019, multiplied by the applicable payment rate. This may mean a higher payment for producers.

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.

Visit farmers.gov/cfap/apply to learn more about submitting a new CFAP 2 application for tobacco.

Additional CFAP Information

Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eligible commodities, producer 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 the pandemic. Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.