USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers

USDA is committed to delivering financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. Through our new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers – USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion towards new programs to reach a broad set of producers.

Active Application Periods

USDA's Farm Service Agency is currently accepting proposals for cooperative agreements to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Proposals are due May 5, 2021. View the cooperative agreement opportunity on grants.gov.

The signup period for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is currently open. Visit farmers.gov/cfap to learn more.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative on March 24, 2021. The initiative will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs and will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, and support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable energy, among others.

Moving forward, USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers will utilize existing programs and services to enhance educational and market opportunities for agricultural producers. Learn more about our ongoing initiatives and future plans below. Visit this page frequently for the latest updates on this critical initiative to support as many producers as possible, as equitably as possible.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) reopened sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. CFAP updates also include:

  • An increase in CFAP 1 payment rates for cattle. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $1.1 billion to more than 410,000 producers.
  • Additional CFAP 2 assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible flat-rate or price-trigger crops. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $4.5 billion to more than 560,000 producers.
  • Processing of eligible payments for CFAP Additional Assistance. USDA will finalize routine decisions and minor formula adjustments on applications and begin processing payments for certain applications filed for this program.

FSA is committed to improving outreach on programs, including CFAP, and will establish partnerships with organizations with strong connections to socially disadvantaged communities. FSA is now accepting proposals for cooperative agreements from organizations who can assist in this effort. Learn more about these agreements below.

Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eligible commodities, producer eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and options to apply.

Investing $6 Billion to Expand Help and Assistance to More Producers

USDA will dedicate at least $6 billion to develop new programs or modify existing proposals using remaining discretionary funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act. These efforts will include assistance for:

  • Dairy farmers through the Dairy Donation Program or other means. 
  • Euthanized livestock and poultry.
  • Biofuels.
  • Specialty crops; beginning farmers; and local, urban, and organic farms.
  • Costs for organic certification or to continue or add conservation activities.
  • Other possible expansion and corrections to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program such as to support dairy or other livestock producers.
  • Timber harvesting and hauling.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other protective measures for food and farm workers and specialty crops and seafood processors and distributors.
  • Improving the resilience of the food supply chain.
  • Developing infrastructure to support donation and distribution of perishable commodities, including food donation and distribution through farm-to-school, restaurants, or other community organizations.
  • Reducing food waste.

Adding $500 Million of New Funding to Existing Programs

USDA expects to invest approximately $500 million in expedited assistance through several existing programs and services. Click to learn more about funding and assistance through each of the below.