USDA Farm Service Agency:
Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance
USDA preparing for new CFAP program for
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[May 29, 2020]
In April, USDA announced the Coronavirus Food
Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide direct support based on
losses for agriculture producers where prices and market supply
chains have been significantly impacted and will assist eligible
producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting
from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing
year caused by COVID-19.
CFAP will provide assistance to most farms that
have experienced at least a five percent loss and will be available
to farms regardless of size. We are still working on the final
details of the actual payment rates and those details will be
determined and included as part of the rulemaking process. Once the
rule making process is complete, the application period will be open
and subject to the eligibility and payment limit criteria described
in the rule.
As part of applying for the program, youíll need to contact the Farm
Service Agency county office to schedule an appointment. Your local
FSA staff will work with you to apply for the program, and through
forms asking for this type of information:
Personal, including your Tax Identification Number
Farming operating structure
Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility
Direct deposit to enable payment
Please do not send any personal information to USDA without first
initiating contact through a phone call. We take your privacy and
security of your information very seriously.
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If you are an existing customer, this information is
likely on file at your local Service Center.
What Can You Do Now?
While the application process has not started, you can start
gathering/ understanding your farmís recent sales and inventory.
FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage
report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be
How Will USDA Accept Applications?
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment
only. Once the application period opens, please call your FSA county
office to schedule an appointment.
Our staff is working with our agricultural producers by phone and
using email, fax, mail, and online tools like Box to accept
Information on CFAP can be found at farmers.gov/CFAP.
[USDA Farm Service Agency]