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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2)

Farm Service Agency

Due June 4, 2021

  • Submit easily using your Ambrook profile

  • Average payouts are over $6,000

  • Forms take 5 minutes or less

  • Funds usually disbursed within 4 weeks

  • Expanded to hundreds of eligible crops

About

Update as of April 5, 2021: USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications.

Has your operation been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. This is part of a larger initiative to improve USDA pandemic assistance to producers.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on March 24, 2021. This is part of a larger effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. FSA has committed at least $2.5 million to establish partnerships and direct outreach efforts intended to improve outreach for CFAP 2 and will cooperate with grassroots organizations with strong connections to socially disadvantaged communities to ensure they are informed and aware of the application process. CFAP updates include reopening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), additional payments for eligible cattle and row crop producers, and the processing of payments for certain applications filed as part of CFAP Additional Assistance.

Commodities

Eligibility

Any individual or legal entity who shares in the risk of producing a commodity may apply for CFAP 2.

Producers must be in the business of farming at the time of submitting their application to be eligible. 

Commodities grown under a contract in which the grower has ownership and production risk are eligible for CFAP 2.

Producers can apply for assistance for only commercially produced commodities.

To be eligible for payments, a person or legal entity must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. However, if 75 percent of their adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities, the AGI limit of $900,000 does not apply and the person or legal entity is eligible to receive CFAP 2 payments up to the applicable payment limitation.

Persons and legal entities also must:

  • Comply with the provisions of the "Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation" regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions; and

  • Not have a controlled substance violation.

Additionally:

  • If a person is not a US Citizen or Resident Alien (possessing an I-551 "Green Card"), then that person must provide a significant contribution of capital, land, and active personal labor to be eligible for CFAP 2.

  • If a legal entity has more than 10 percent ownership held by persons who are not a US Citizen or Resident Alien, then that entity is eligible for payment only if each foreign person in the entity makes a significant contribution of labor to the farming operation. If the foreign person(s) does not make a significant contribution of active personal labor to the farming operation, the legal entity's payment is reduced by the pro-rata ownership interest held by the foreign person(s).

Commodities not eligible for CFAP 2 include:

  • Hay, except alfalfa, and crops intended for grazing are ineligible for CFAP 2.

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

  • 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, sunn hemp, vetch, and seed of ineligible crops.

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Details

Release Date

April 5, 2021

Deadline

June 4, 2021

Organization

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Maximum Award Amount

$750,000

Total Program Funding

$14,000,000,000

Updated April 6, 2021

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