The new “CFAP-2” funds are available irrespective of whether a producer applied for or received funding under the original CFAP. USDA has streamlined and refined its approach for various commodities; for nursery and floriculture, 2019 sales are the basis for calculating payment. Visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/nursery for USDA Floriculture specific guidelines.
Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020.
Although those segments of agriculture were not part of CFAP 1, Michigan Farm Bureau Horticulture Specialist Audrey Sebolt says USDA made allowances in CFAP 2, based on industry feedback, to provide nursery and greenhouse operators financial assistance to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. “Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers of eligible commodities are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales,” Sebolt added. “Eligible sales only include sales of raw commodities grown by the producer.” According to Sebolt, sales derived from adding value to the commodity, such as processing and packaging, or from sales of products purchased for resale are not eligible for CFAP 2 payment calculations. Continue reading Michigan Farm News Article HERE.
Details on application process with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency can be found HERE.