Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Floriculture and Nursery Crop Producers

Are you a floriculture or nursery crop 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

Eligible Floriculture and Nursery Crops

Floriculture eligible for CFAP 2 includes: cut flowers and cut greenery from annual and perennial flowering plants grown in a container or controlled environment for commercial sale.

Nursery crops eligible for CFAP 2 include: decorative or nondecorative plants grown in a container or controlled environment for commercial sale.

Cactus and Christmas trees are also eligible for CFAP 2.

CFAP 2 payments are available for eligible producers of floriculture and nursery crops, including cactus and Christmas trees, which are categorized as sales commodities. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers of eligible commodities are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales.

CFAP 2 Payments for Floriculture and Nursery Crops

FSA has updated the CFAP 2 payment calculation for floriculture and nursery crops commodities to account for crop insurance indemnities and payments through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). This more accurately represents what a producer would have marketed if not for a cause of loss.

CFAP payments to floriculture and nursery crop producers are now calculated using the producer’s eligible sales in calendar year 2019, and crop insurance indemnities, NAP, and WHIP+ payments for crop year 2019, multiplied by the applicable payment rate below. 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 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.

Floriculture and nursery crop producers who applied during the CFAP 2 sign-up period that closed December 11, and received insurance indemnities, NAP payments, or WHIP+ payments for the 2019 crop year, should contact their local USDA Service Center to modify their CFAP 2 applications. Insurance indemnities, NAP payments, and WHIP+ payments will be factored in for any floriculture or nursery crop producers applying for CFAP 2 for the first time when the application period opens on April 5. 

Visit to learn more about modifying your existing CFAP 2 application or submitting a new CFAP 2 application. 

Additional CFAP Information

Visit for more information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eligible commodities, producer eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and the latest program resources.

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