Updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

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Updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted December 2020, made some adjustments to the CFAP program. These updates include:

CFAP 2 Signup will reopen

  • USDA will re-open sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. This sign-up will include all commodities and livestock that were eligible during the previous signup in the fall of 2020. See fsa.usda.gov/cfap for all commodities that are eligible

Additional CFAP 1 Payments for Cattle Producers

  • The CFAP 1 payment rates for cattle have been increased. Cattle producers with approved CFAP 1 applications will automatically receive these payments beginning the first week of April. Eligible producers do not need to submit new applications, since payments are based on previously approved CFAP 1 applications.

Additional CFAP 2 Payments for Row-Crop Producers

  • Additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops beginning in April. This includes alfalfa, corn, cotton, hemp, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat, among other crops. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible price trigger and flat-rate crop producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP 2 applications. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new CFAP 2 application since payments are based on previously approved CFAP 2 applications.

CFAP Additional Assistance

Additional payments for swine producers and contract growers under CFAP Additional Assistance remain on hold and are likely to require modifications to the regulation as part of the broader evaluation and future assistance; however, FSA will continue to accept applications from interested producers.

For the Alamance County Farm Service Agency please call 336-228-1753.