ATTENTION: support for farmers and ranchers
If you know farmers or ranchers, please forward this e-newsletter to them. It has important information about a new federal program designed to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
If you’re a farmer or rancher who’s been directly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon launch the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide you with relief.
CFAP will use funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which I voted for, to provide direct support for producers whose supply chains have been impacted. The program also will help if you’ve faced price declines and additional marketing costs.
Applications for CFAP open Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The USDA will begin taking applications on May 26 through the county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices, but you can start preparing now.
What you’ll need to apply
- Personal information, including your Tax Identification Number
- Farm operating structure
- Adjusted Gross Income compliance certification to ensure eligibility
- Direct deposit to enable payment processing
How to apply
On Tuesday, May 26, please call your local FSA office to schedule an appointment. To find your local FSA Office, click HERE.
FSA staff will work with you to file your application and provide you with any additional forms needed. Learn more about the application process, including more on what you’ll need and how to apply, by visiting farmers.gov/cfap.
You can also learn more about other USDA programs and services for producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office or visit my website.