USDA Announces Plans for Next Round of CFAP
On March 24th, USDA announced plans for the additional round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and related assistance. The updates include reopening of CFAP2 and additional payments for row crop producers. Producers of crops in the CFAP2 Flat-rate and Price-trigger categories (barley is in this category) will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers will have the option to complete or modify their application by working directly with their local Farm Service Agency or online through the CFAP2 Application Portal once signup opens on April 5.
Additional payments will be equal to the eligible acres of the crop multiplied by a payment rate of $20 per eligible acre. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP2 applications. Eligible producers who have already applied for CFAP2 do not need to submit a new application to receive this payment.
In addition to the additional CFAP payments for crops, USDA will dedicate at least $6 billion of the funding enacted by Congress in December to include assistance for dairy farmers, euthanized livestock and poultry, biofuels, personal protective equipment for processors and other purposes.