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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Additional Assistance

The review of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is ongoing and we anticipate a decision in the weeks ahead. Payments under the CFAP 2 signup that ended December have not been impacted in any way. The deadline of February 26 has been eliminated and USDA’s Farm Service Agency will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period. Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days to sign up after any decision is announced.

 

CFAP Update

On the first day of the Biden-Harris administration, USDA suspended the processing of payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Additional Assistance and halted implementation in order to evaluate the program. 

The review of the program is ongoing, and USDA anticipates a decision in the weeks ahead. The deadline of February 26 has been eliminated, and USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period.  Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days for producers to sign up after any decision is announced. 

Payments under CFAP-2, which closed in December, have not been impacted in any way. 

USDA remains focused on helping producers who have been hurt by COVID-19 market disruptions, trade disputes and extreme weather. A number of stakeholders have reached out to identify gaps in the previous rounds of assistance and USDA welcomes this input during the evaluation period.  USDA is listening and gathering feedback in order to provide help to as many producers as possible without focusing on one group or geography at the expense of another.

USDA is providing additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for certain agricultural producers whose operations were directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

USDA announced the additional assistance on January 15, which includes expanding CFAP eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities and updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for earlier assistance. This additional assistance builds on about $23.6 billion in payments made available through CFAP 1 and CFAP 2 earlier signups.

Apply for CFAP Additional Assistance

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept new or modified CFAP applications from eligible producers January 19 through February 26, 2021. Certain producers will receive updated payments automatically.

Are you eligible for additional assistance through CFAP? Application information related to your operation is detailed below by the specific commodity you grow or raise.

Producers who are modifying their applications should contact their local USDA Service Center for assistance. Producers who are filing new applications should contact their Service Center or call 877-508-8364 for one-on-one support. Additional information for those now eligible to apply for CFAP 2 or for eligible producers making CFAP 2 application modifications is available at farmers.gov/cfap2/apply.

Expanded Eligibility

Certain contract producers are now eligible to apply for CFAP 2, along with producers of pullets and turfgrass sod. Details are outlined by commodity, including more information on how to calculate payments and apply for the program.


Updated Payment Calculations

The CFAP additional assistance includes changes to more accurately compensate producers who already applied for the program, and producers of certain commodities may be eligible for higher payments. Details are outlined by commodity, including new payment calculations and actions producers should take to update applications. No action is required for certain commodities.




About Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Additional Assistance

USDA announced this additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on January 15, 2021. Key program information includes:


CFAP Additional Assistance Resources


CFAP 1 and 2

USDA announced the first round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, CFAP 1, on April 17, 2020. CFAP 1 provided direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Learn more about CFAP 1 by visiting farmers.gov/cfap1.

USDA announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on September 17. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, CFAP 2, provided producers with financial assistance to absorb some of the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about CFAP 2 by visiting farmers.gov/cfap2.

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. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. You can learn the status of your service center through the Service Center Status Map. 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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