By Ashley Rice
President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Friday announced up to an additional $14 billion for farmers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
Enrollment for the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Monday and run through Dec. 11.
“Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates a second round of USDA coronavirus food assistance to make it through the market impacts of this ongoing pandemic," said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert. "Today’s announcement of CFAP 2 comes at a critical time for Illinois farmers entering harvest and an eighth consecutive year of depressed farm income, increased market pressures and below breakeven prices.
USDA is releasing an additional $14 billion dollars for farmers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19," Guebert said. "Our thanks go to President Trump, Secretary Perdue and Congress for their leadership in making this round of disaster assistance available."
Producers can apply at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.
Some eligible price trigger commodities include corn, soybeans, sunflowers and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, barring prevented planting and experimental acres.
For beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep, payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock on a date between April 16 and Aug. 31. This excludes breeding stock.
Dairy payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31. FSA will estimate the milk production for Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75% of the producers’ 2019 production.
Flat-rate crops include commodities such as alfalfa, oats and hemp. These crops will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre.
Sales commodities include specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops, floriculture and other livestock that were grown for food, fiber, fur or feathers. A sales-based approach will be used for payment calculations, based on five payment gradations associated with 2019 sales.
Payment will be limited to $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits if members provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, the payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP and CFAP 2.
Before engaging with a county FSA office, producers are encouraged to obtain one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process from USDA at 877-508-8364.
Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.
This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.