South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about the recent additions and new deadlines for the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
- If you are a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, consider applying for the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
- The application deadline for aid is Sept. 11, 2020. Fortunately, it was extended from the original deadline in August, but that date is still coming quickly.
- CFAP provides direct relief to farmers and ranchers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
- These funds authorized by Congress and the White House are an important boost for producers who’ve done so much to see us all through this crisis.
- If you looked into the program early on, I urge you to take another look, as USDA dramatically expanded the list of eligible commodities in July and again earlier this month.
- More than 40 additional specialty crops and 60 commodities have been added, including additions on livestock, nursery crops, and aquaculture.
- However, if you submitted an application in the past for an ineligible commodity and were not approved, you must submit a new CFAP application to be considered.
- Visit farmers.gov/cfap for a one-stop shop on CFAP, including eligible commodities, forms, and an online application generator and payment calculator. You can also call your county FSA office for help.