New Commodities Eligible for Payments Under Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is a USDA program that provides direct relief to producers who face economic losses due to COVID-19.
 
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for CFAP payments through August 28, 2020. According to USDA statistics, billions of dollars are still available for distribution to eligible applicants. Growers can apply online or download an application and fill it in. Detailed information on eligible crops, payment rates, and how to apply is on the CFAP website.
 
USDA has added several previously ineligible commodities to the CFAP program, although many common specialty crops are still ineligible. Additionally, USDA does not reimburse for the organic premium value of eligible crops.
 
To view an overview of changes to CFAP, read the full USDA press release. The press release also outlines changes to payment rates for several crops, such as blueberries, asparagus, and cucumbers. 
 
For details about the program and the application, see our previous blog post and visit our crisis resilience resource page.
 
If you would like to speak with CCOF staff about the program, please email policy staff at nlakritz@ccof.org.

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