The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

WEBINAR: Thursday, June 18 at 12 pm CDT/1 pm EDT
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five percent or greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 between January 15, 2020 and April 15, 2020. Eligible commodities include specialty crops such as select fruits, vegetables, nuts and mushrooms.

UT Extension welcomes Greer Gill and Ron Eldridge from the Tennessee State Office of USDA Farm Service Agency to a webinar to share program details specific to specialty crops. Join us to learn if you are eligible for relief payments from the CFAP program and how to apply.

Register online and submit your questions for the session at tiny.utk.edu/CFAP to receive a link and password to the Zoom session. Contact Jared Bruhin with questions about the session at jmbruhin@utk.edu. Learn more about the CFAP program online at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap.

The Zoom link will work from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet with Zoom video conferencing. Zoom is free to download. If you are unsure if you have Zoom capability, try to open the link at least 15 minutes prior to the session. You may be prompted to download Zoom if it is not already installed.

ABOUT
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides assistance to farmers and ranchers financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The USDA has yet to open the applications for this money, but they have said to begin the process ASAP if you are a farmer who has experienced a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

You must make a phone call to your local FSA office to start the process.

Direct support for farmers and ranchers available via CFAP will include:

+Direct support based on actual losses because of price and disrupted supply chains.

+Assist with adjustment and added marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply in the 2020 marketing year.

All farms are eligible for this assistance, regardless of size. This is especially important for small farms, as they are less likely to have the insurance necessary to help them float above this crisis. The USDA is already warning, however, that this assistance package will not be enough to cover all losses to the US agriculture industry.

For more information on how to prepare for this application, including a list of all the forms you need

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