For the first time, Michigan cherry growers will be able to access direct payments from the updated Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Apple and cherry grower Isaiah Wunsch told brownfieldagnews.com cherry sales this year were limited by Spotted Wing Drosophila pressure and processing disruptions caused by COVID. He said that having to operate at partial capacity with on-farm housing, in orchards and at packing facilities caused significant logistical challenges and putting a price on that will take time.
Farm Service Agency director for Michigan Joel Johnson stated that cherries -along with most other specialty crops- are included in CFAP2 by using a sales based approached. Producers will receive direct payments using a percentage factor that ranges between eight and 11 percent based on their 2019 gross sales.