The USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has been extended with additional assistance to certain agricultural producers whose operations were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, eligible farmers and ranchers can complete their CFAP Additional Assistance (CFAP-AA) paperwork online in a simple form with Ambrook.
Even with the vaccine rollout across the United States, the impacts of COVID-19 continue to affect Americans and our economy. Food chain disruptions and other pandemic-related market factors have reinforced the need for continued and equitable access to farm assistance over the past year.
In May 2020, and again in September 2020, the USDA released multi-billion dollar funding packages targeted at farmers affected by COVID-19. CFAP1 and CFAP2 combined represent $30.0B of funding. $26.9B of this initial allocation was distributed to producers, and the remaining funds from these two programs are now available in the form of CFAP Additional Assistance:
|CFAP1||May 26, 2020, to Sept. 11, 2020||$16.0B||CARES Act, CCC Charter Act|
|CFAP2||Sept. 21, 2020,to Dec. 11, 2020||$14.0B||CARES Act, CCC Charter Act|
|CFAP-AA||Jan. 19, 2021, to TBA||[$3.1B]||Unspent CFAP1 and CFAP2|
Source: CFAP Funding (Congressional Research Service)
While CFAP-AA also provides additional funding to certain CFAP1 and CFAP2 applicants, only newly eligible applicants can apply for CFAP funding for the first time with CFAP-AA.
Producers who are newly eligible can now apply for CFAP funding. This includes:
Livestock by contract producers that have raised broilers, pullets, layers, chicken eggs, turkeys, hogs, or pigs under a contract in 2019 and 2020, and experienced a drop in revenue, now qualify.
Pullet producers now qualify for CFAP funding, after not being explicitly included in CFAP 1 and 2.
Turfgrass sod producers now qualify for CFAP funding, after not being explicitly included in CFAP 1 and 2.
Increased Payouts for Previous CFAP Applicants
If you have already applied to CFAP1 and/or CFAP2, you may be eligible for additional funding under CFAP Additional Assistance. Producers of aquaculture, swine, nursery crops, floriculture, row crops, specialty crops, specialty livestock, and tobacco should contact their local USDA service center to see if they qualify for additional funds.
Producers can easily estimate their payouts on Ambrook’s CFAP Additional Assistance Calculator, which is free to use. Start by adding the products you produce to estimate your payout.
A third round of CFAP funding for farmers and agricultural producers has been authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the USDA has been allocated $11.2B for this purpose. The program details, including the application window, has yet to be announced.