USDA Updates Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 to address gaps in pandemic assistance, provide greater flexibility that addresses applicants’ unique circumstances and provide a more equitable program.
One of the updates concerns sales-based commodities, such as specialty crops. Previously, payments for producers were based solely on 2019 sales data to approximate the amount a producer would have expected to market in 2020. Now, producers will be able to substitute 2018 sales for this approximation, including 2018 crop insurance indemnities and 2018 crop year Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus payments. Please note avocados are listed under “Tree Nuts” in the Specialty Crop Producers category for CFAP 2.
The sign up period for CFAP 2 remains open. Newly eligible producers, or those who need to modify an existing CFAP 2 application, should contact their local FSA office. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator. For one-on-one assistance, producers may call 877.508.8364. The deadline for CFAP 2 applications is October 12, 2021.
For a complete list of pandemic assistance available to members of the agricultural industry, visit http://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance.