The Secretary of Agriculture implemented the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides assistance to agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, through a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2020.
However, there were errors in some of the payment rates in that final rule. In addition, the Dept of Agriculture was able to reevaluate the payment rates for certain specialty crops based on data that was available from industry in response to the CFAP notice of funding availability, which was published in the Federal Register on May 22, 2020.
The USDA found that peaches and rhubarb no longer qualify for payment based on predetermined sales losses. Peaches showed a 3 percent sales price decrease and rhubarb showed an increase in sales price of 28 percent when corrections to the data sets were made.
The USDA also took into account data submitted by the apple industry to determine price eligibility for apples. The reevaluations are published in this document.