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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Resources are Now Available

Combine harvesting corn.  Image by Edwin Remsberg

USDA has recently announced a new program to provide assistance to growers and livestock producers who aced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. The new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will begin to signup on May 26 and close on August 28th. See https://www.farmers.gov/cfap from USDA.

CFAP will provide support to eligible livestock, wool, dairy, non-specialty crop, and specialty crop producers. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the University of Maryland Extension has developed resources to assist growers to better understand CFAP. The following resources have been developed:

  • Livestock Producers Infographic from UME is available here.

Ineligible Commodities and Request for Additional Commodities


Commodities that did not suffer a five percent-or-greater price decline from mid-January 2020 to mid-April 2020 are not eligible for CFAP. Specifically, this includes sheep more than two years old, eggs/layers, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat, white wheat, rice, flax, rye, peanuts, feed barley, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, alfalfa, forage crops, hemp, and tobacco. USDA may reconsider the excluded commodities if credible evidence is provided that supports a five percent price decline.

USDA will consider additional crops to be eligible for CFAP by collecting information on potentially eligible crops.

Producers of commodities not included on the original CFAP list who believe they’ve suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline between January and April 2020, and who face additional marketing costs due to COVID-19, may submit comments to provide information about additional commodities.

USDA is particularly interested in the obtaining information with respect to the following specific categories of agricultural commodities:

  • Nursery Products
  • Aquaculture Products
  • Cut Flowers

Comments may be submitted through either of the following methods by June 22, 2020:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal – Go to regulations.gov and search for Docket ID FSA-2020-0004. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail – Director, SND, FSA, US Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0522, Washington, DC 20250-0522.

Read more about this notice of funding availability and request for information, or visit farmers.gov/cfap/faq for answers to frequently asked questions.

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