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CFAP 2 allocates additional $14 billion to farmers and ranchers

Sep 21, 2020
By: Justin Van Zuiden
Agribusiness

On September 18, President Trump and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP 2 will provide funding to eligible producers negatively impacted by COVID-19.

As before, farmers and ranchers interested in applying for CFAP 2 should contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office. The signup period officially begins September 21 and is now slated to continue through December 11, 2020.

List of eligible commodities expanded again

This new round of CFAP will include more commodities than the original program. To see the complete list, go to farmers.gov/cfap/commodities. The first round of aid was available to producers who suffered losses before April 15, 2020, and the deadline for most producers to apply for the first round of aid has passed.

This time, payments will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities, flat rate crops and sales commodities.

CFAP 2 eligibility

CFAP 2 has a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the operation. The special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include estates and trusts for both CFAP 1 and 2.

Some additional requirements include compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions. Certification must also be provided by producers that they meet the adjusted gross income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75% of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities.

Need help or more information?

For specific information and application forms, visit the USDA website. If you need assistance in assessing your situation and determining the best path forward, please contact us.

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