USDA has extended the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to Sept. 11.

The extension comes just days after AFBF and other groups urged USDA to extend the deadline. 

AFBF urges USDA to extend CFAP deadline

After reviewing more than 1,700 responses from producers, additional commodities are also now eligible for CFAP.

Some additional specialty crops include dill, horseradish, maple sap for maple syrup, microgreens, parsley and pumpkins. Livestock includes liquid eggs, frozen eggs and all sheep.

Aquaculture includes catfish, crawfish, largemouth bass and carp sold live as food fish, hybrid striped bass, red drum, salmon, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, ornamental/tropical fish and recreational sport fish.

In addition, nursery crops and cut flowers are now eligible.

Producers with already approved applications should expect to receive their final payment. Going forward, producers who apply for CFAP will receive 100% of their total payment upon approval of their application.

“President Trump is standing with America’s farmers and ranchers to ensure they get through this pandemic and continue to produce enough food and fiber to feed America and the world,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “That is why he authorized this $16 billion of direct support in the CFAP program, and we are pleased to add additional commodities eligible to receive much-needed assistance.”

For application and eligibility information, click here.