More Commodities Eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

More Commodities Eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA has made more commodities eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and has extended the deadline for all producers to apply for CFAP to September 11, 2020. Following the collection of comments and supporting data, USDA has added more specialty crops, livestock, aquaculture, nursery crops and flowers to the CFAP eligibility list.
Specialty crop producers are eligible for CFAP payments if they qualify for one of the following three categories: 1) They had crops that suffered a 5%-or-greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on sales that occurred between mid-January and mid-April; 2) They had produce shipped but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channel, or 3) They had shipments that did not leave the farm or mature crops that remained unharvested. See Expanded CFAP Eligibility Provides More Assistance for Specialty Crops to get information about the July expanded eligibility of specialty crops for CFAP and associated payment rates by loss category.