Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

What is CFAP-2? Has your farming operation been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? You could qualify for USDA’s CFAP 2 which is a $14 billion program that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers. Funding of up to $225,000 per person is available. Sign-up is underway through Dec. 11th.

Farmers do not have to demonstrate loss, and as one farmer said “the CFAP-2 process was 15 times easier than the CFAP-1 application process!”

The program has expanded to include hundreds of crops and livestock products. In fact, the only items not eligible for relief under CFAP2 are:
• Hay, except alfalfa, and crops intended for grazing;

• All equine, animals raised for breeding stock, companion or comfort animals, pets, and animals raised for hunting or game purposes;

• And birdsfoot and trefoil, clover, cover crop, fallow, forage soybeans, forage sorghum, gardens (commercial and home),
grass, kochia (prostrata), lespedeza, milkweed, mixed forage, pelts (excluding mink), perennial peanuts, pollinators, sun hemp, vetch, and seed of ineligible crops.

There are three payment categories for crops and livestock products:
Price Trigger Commodities: barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Broilers, eggs and milk, beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep.

Relief payment based on 2020 planed acres, yield, marketing percentage and a specified payment rate.

Flat-Rate Commodities: alfalfa, amaranth grain, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, hemp, indigo, industrial rice, kenaf, khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, rice, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, spelt, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale. Relief payment is simply $15 per acre times 2020 planted acres.

Sales Commodities: hundreds of specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture. Relief
payments are made based on the producer’s 2019 sales of the above eligible commodities and a
declining payment rate that is roughly about 10% of the value of those sales.

For more details see the USDA website at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Finally, there is a payment calculator tool that you can use to assess how much you would receive in relief. The link for the calculator is at the Farmers.Gov CFAP page.

ATTRA Staff are on hand to walk you through what you need to know to receive a share of this
government assistance package. Give them a call at 1-800-346-9140 or e-mail: AskAnAg@ncat.org .

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is also assisting with the applications. If you need our assistance
please reach out to Martin at martinbailkey@gmail.com .