WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a food assistance program to farmers and ranchers affected by COVID-19. It is called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2). The deadline to apply is December 11.
The CFAP2 program has a budget of up to $14 billion. This includes producers of row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture, and more. CFAP2 is separate from the original CFAP. A new application must be filled out to be eligible.
CFAP2 has paid out $9.5 billion as of November 9. This compares to the $10.3 billion paid for CFAP1.
There are many ways to apply for CFAP2. Visit www.farmers.gov/cfap, to fill out the application using the online portal. There is also an Application Generator and Payment Calculator at the same link. The forms can be downloaded and manually filled out. Then they can be mailed, e-mailed, or put in a drop box at a local USDA Service Center. Some service centers may be open. To check the status of a local office, visit farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status.
All eligibility forms related to gross income and payment information can be found at www.farmers.gov/cfap/apply.
People will be randomly selected for accuracy of their information provided on the forms.
For more information, visit the website or call 877-508-8364. Additional information can be found at www.farmers.gov/coronavirus.