Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 Signup Is Underway

 

If you were eligible for a payment with the first CFAP program this year, you are more than likely eligible for a 2nd round of payments (CFAP 2) Signup began Monday, September 21 and will end December 11. CFAP 2 is a direct payment program for producers who have suffered price declines due to COVID-19. There are several commodities (including specialty crops) eligible for the program. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is accepting CFAP2 applications until December 11, 2020--NEXT FRIDAY!!

CFAP 2 supports eligible producers of row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture, and many other commodities, including many that were ineligible for CFAP 1. FSA’s CFAP 2 Eligible Commodities Finder makes finding eligible commodities and payment rates simple. Access this tool and other resources at farmers.gov/cfap.

HOW TO APPLY

Application Deadline is December 11, 2020 

Producers with questions or who need assistance can make an appointment with FSA to review their application before submitting it; producers can also call a national hotline (see below) with questions. While farmers are not required to book an appointment with FSA prior to submitting their app, they are encouraged to do so if they have any questions or are a new customer. 

  • STEP 1: Review the eligibility criteria to determine if you can and should apply. Use the USDA payment calculator tool to estimate your payment.

  • STEP 2: If you have questions or would like to talk your application over before submitting it, either: call the producer hotline (see below) with questions or call your local FSA office for an appointment (even if you are not 100% sure you will apply). An FSA office locator is available at https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator

  • STEP 3: Complete all forms and begin compiling necessary records.

    • Reminder: supporting documentation is not required to apply, but may be requested by FSA later as part of a spot check verification. If supporting documentation is requested to verify the information specified on the application, the producer must provide records that substantiate the reported information. Supporting documentation that a producer may use to substantiate the acres, sales, inventory, or production reported, includes copies of receipts, ledgers of income, income statements of deposit slips, veterinarian records, register tapes, invoices for custom harvesting, and records to verify production costs, contemporaneous measurements, truck scale tickets, or contemporaneous diaries that are determined acceptable by USDA.

  • STEP 4: Submit your application before December 11, 2020 through your local Farm Service Agency (FSA), at your USDA Service Center, or online. FSA staff at your local USDA Service Center will work with producers to file applications. Applications may be submitted via mail, fax, hand delivery, or via electronic means.

    • If you have an eAuthentication account with USDA, you can apply online for CFAP2 at the portal: https://apps.fsa.usda.gov/cfap2/index.jsp 

    • If you do not have an account, you can create one with the USDA office. More information is on the page https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in scroll down to create new account. You will need to contact the service center to set up an account

A call center is available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The call center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. Customers will select 1 for English and 2 to speak with a Spanish speaking employee. For other languages, customers select 1 and indicate their language to the Call Center staff. For more information on the application process, please visit the CFAP 2 FAQ page. 

Resources

 

Registering with USDA Farm Service Agency

A farmers guide to applying for a farm number with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Farm numbers are required for many FSA services and this guide explains how to obtain a farm number, what to bring with you, what questions to ask and what forms you will need to fill out. 

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