USDA is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for farmers and ranchers whose operations have been impacted by the current pandemic. Signup closes on December 11. Here are some common myths regarding the program, debunked by the USDA.
Myth 1: I cannot apply for CFAP 2 because I didn’t apply for the CFAP 1
CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of CFAP, now referred to as CFAP 1. There is no requirement to participate in CFAP 1 in order to participate in CFAP 2.
Myth 2a: I applied for CFAP 1, therefore I cannot apply for CFAP 2 as they’re the same program with one funding pool
Again, CFAP 2 is a separate program from CFAP 1 and has its own unique funding. The programs function separately and require separate applications and signups, but with very similar eligibility requirements.
Myth 2b: I enrolled in CFAP 1, so I’m automatically enrolled in CFAP
Producers who applied for CFAP 1 are not automatically signed up for CFAP 2 and must complete a new application in order to be eligible for assistance.
Myth 3: CFAP 2 is only for farmers or ranchers who’ve had Covid-19
No. CFAP 2 is available to any individual or legal entity who shares in the risk of producing eligible CFAP 2 commodities. The program is intended to provide financial assistance to farmers who have continued to face market disruptions and associated costs because of Covid-19. There are more than 300 commodities eligible for the program ranging from livestock to row crops, specialty crops to aquaculture. Virtually all farmers are potentially eligible for this program.
Myth 4: The commodities I raise or produce were not eligible for CFAP 1, so there’s no need for me to apply for CFAP 2
CFAP 2 includes additional commodities that were not eligible under CFAP 1. It’s important to check out the USDA's Eligible Commodities Finder to see if the commodity you grow or raise is eligible for CFAP 2.
Myth 5: My local Service Center is not open to the public because of the pandemic, so there’s no staff to help me with my application
All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including those that restrict in-person visits or require appointments. You should first call your local Farm Service Agency office and schedule an appointment.
USDA's program delivery staff will continue to work with producers by phone, email, and using online tools. An easy first step is to contact the call center at 877-508-8364 and an FSA employee can help you take the first steps toward application.
To read the full article, which debunks 10 myths, click here.