USDA has expanded eligibility for some farmers and commodities through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Some payments will also be updated to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program.

Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to the updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) until Feb. 26.

Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP.

Contract producers of swine, broilers, laying hens, chicken eggs and turkeys who suffered a drop in revenue in 2020 as compared to their 2019 revenue because of the pandemic now are eligible for assistance. Producers could receive up to 80% of their revenue loss, subject to the availability of funds.

Tirey talks to Rita Frazer about CFAP opportunities for livestock producers and vaccine availability. This interview was conducted on Jan. 18, 2021.

Similarly, FSA adjusted the payment calculation to use the producer’s eligible 2019 calendar year sales, and 2019 crop insurance indemnities, NAP and WHIP+ payments, multiplied by the applicable payment rate for all sales commodities, which include specialty crops, aquaculture, specialty livestock, nursery crops and floriculture for CFAP 2. Producers who applied during the sign-up period that closed Dec. 11 can modify an existing CFAP 2 application until Feb. 26.

Additionally, FSA adjusted the payment calculation for certain row crops for CFAP 2, specifically those for which a producer had crop insurance coverage but not an available 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. FSA is now using 100% of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option benchmark yield to calculate payments when an APH is not available rather than 85%, which was in the original CFAP 2 calculations. This calculation change is only for producers with crop insurance coverage who grow barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton and wheat. Producers who applied during the sign-up period that closed Dec. 11 can modify an existing CFAP 2 application until Feb. 26.

FSA is also providing an additional CFAP 1 inventory payment for swine producers who face continuing market disruptions from changes in U.S. meat consumption due to the pandemic. Swine producers with approved CFAP 1 applications will soon automatically receive a “top-up” payment of $17 per head, increasing the total CFAP 1 inventory payment to $34 per head.

Newly eligible producers who need to submit a CFAP 2 application or producers who need to modify an existing one may contact their local USDA Service Center. New applicants can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling 877-508-8364.