USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Seeks Comments on Additional Entities to Include
On May 26, 2020 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), pursuant to a final rule issued on May 21, 2020, began accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The program aims to provide financial relief to farmers and ranchers who have faced a five percent or greater price decline or who experienced losses due to market supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA outlines several eligible commodities including non-specialty crops, wool, livestock, dairy, and a limited number of specific specialty crops. Eligible producers may apply until August 28, 2020. In addition, USDA will accept public comments on the rule to hear from entities who feel they should be eligible to receive assistance but may not already be covered. Public comments will be accepted until June 22, 2020.