WASHINGTON – Federal aid for farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been expanded to include new commodities, and applications can be submitted starting Monday, July 13.
CFAP is designed to help offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks.
CFAP updates include:
• Addition of the following commodities: alfalfa sprouts, anise, arugula, basil, bean sprouts, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, celeriac (celery root), chives, cilantro, coconuts, collard greens, dandelion greens, greens (others not listed separately), guava, kale greens, lettuce (including Boston, green leaf, Lolla Rossa, oak leaf green, oak leaf red and red leaf), marjoram, mint, mustard, okra, oregano, parsnips, passion fruit, peas (green), pineapple, pistachios, radicchio, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, fresh sugarcane, Swiss chard, thyme and turnip top greens.
• Expansion for seven currently eligible commodities: apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries, tangerines and taro. USDA found these commodities had a 5% or greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, these commodities were only eligible for marketing adjustments.
• Peaches and rhubarb no longer qualify for payment under the CARES Act sales loss category.
• Corrected payment rates for apples, artichokes, asparagus, blueberries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, garlic, kiwifruit, mushrooms, papaya, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, tangerines and taro.
Additional details can be found in the Federal Register in the Notice of Funding Availability and Final Rule Correction and at farmers.gov/cfap
Producers have several options for applying:
• Use the online portal at farmers.gov/cfap, which allows producers with secure USDA login credentials to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center.
• Complete the application form using the CFAP application generator and payment calculator found at farmers.gov/cfap. This Excel workbook allows customers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, then signed and submitted to a local USDA service center.
• Download the AD-3114 application form from farmers.gov/cfap and manually complete the form to submit to the local USDA service center by mail, electronically or by hand delivery to an office drop box.
New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA service center.
All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap. For existing FSA customers, these documents are likely already on file.
Application deadline is Aug. 28.