USDA will move forward with $20 per acre payments for price-trigger crops outlined in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) round three approved under the December appropriations bill with checks going out starting in April.
USDA announced additional CFAP assistance 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. For a list of all eligible row-crops, visit farmers.gov/cfap
. USDA estimates additional payments of more than $4.5 billion to more than 560,000 producers, according to the mandated formula.
The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others. Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.
NAWG and OWGL had advocated for the inclusion of wheat in CFAP payments. OWGL is pleased to see the release of these additional funds to provide critical resources for our producers.
Part 1: Investing $6 Billion to Expand Help & Assistance to More Producers
Part 2: Adding $500 Million of New Funding to Existing Programs
Part 3: Carrying Out Formula Payments under CFAP 1, CFAP 2, CFAP AA
Part 4: Reopening CFAP 2 Sign-Up to Improve Access & Outreach to Underserved Producers
Read the full press release here