While applications for the $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) are not open yet, agricultural producers can start preparing now.
Regardless of size or market outlet, producers who suffered an eligible loss, including crop, livestock and specialty growers, may apply.
Participation in the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan program does not affect eligibility.
The sign-up for CFAP will occur through Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices.
Overall, applicants will need to provide their contact information, tax identification number, farm operating structure, Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and direct deposit information.
Specifically, the following forms will be required:
- CCC-902, farm operating plan;
- CCC-901, identifies members of a farm or ranch;
- CCC-941, reports average AGI, where income restrictions apply;
- CCC-942, reports income for those exceeding the AGI limitation;
- AD-1026, ensures compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation;
- AD-2047, provides basic customer contact information; and
- SF-3881, collects direct deposit information.
Due to streamlining, FSA is not requiring an acreage report or in some cases, a USDA farm number at the time of signup.
Existing customers likely have much of the necessary documentation on file with FSA. But first-time customers are encouraged to contact their county FSA office and start the process immediately.
Keep in mind, FSA offices continue to operate by phone appointment only. They will also work with customers through email, fax, mail and online tools when it comes time to submit applications.
CFAP support will be based on actual losses for producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. It will also assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year.
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