Today, President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.
For this round, farmers should be able to apply via www.farmers.gov beginning Monday when enrollment begins. There will be a downloadable form you can email as your application.
Total available: up to $14 billion
Payment limit: $250,000/producer for all commodities
Round One payouts: $9.9 billion (details below for breakdown if asked)
Sign-up: Enrollment will start Monday; deadline for signup is Dec. 11
For round one: Eligibility is triggered if price declined by at least 5% between January and April 15.
For this round: Eligibility is triggered if price declined by at least 5% between April 15 and December 31/end of year
Eligible commodities will include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, all classes of wheat, milk, broilers, eggs, beef cattle, hogs, lambs and sheep, specialty crops, hemp…. More
Price trigger formula using 2020 acreage
Eligible acres x nationwide crop marketing percentage x crop-specific payment rate x producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield.
If APH isn’t available, the CFAP yield will be 85% of the benchmark yield used for the ARC-County
Flat rate of $15 an acre if sufficient price data isn't available (alfalfa, hemp)
Sales formula: goats, tobacco, and more
Note: Acreage that went to prevent plant this year are not eligible. HOWEVER, acres that were planted but can't be harvested are eligible – so the derecho and acres impacted by hurricanes would be covered. USDA will use last year's APH (actual production history) and will be covered crops at that rate.
Based on actual production from April 1 to Aug. 31 and an estimate by the Farm Service Agency of production from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.
Based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer between April 16 and Aug