The USDA on Tuesday announced they’ve extended the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Aid Program to September 11. Additionally, producers with approved applications will receive their final payment.
“President Trump is standing with America’s farmers and ranchers to ensure they get through this pandemic and continue to produce enough food and fiber to feed America and the world. That is why he authorized this $16 billion of direct support in the CFAP program and today we are pleased to add additional commodities eligible to receive much needed assistance,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “CFAP is just one of the many ways USDA is helping producers weather the impacts of the pandemic. From deferring payments on loans to adding flexibilities to crop insurance and reporting deadlines, USDA has been leveraging many tools to help producers.”
Earlier this week, 28 industry groups pressured the agency to extend the deadline and do more to promote the program to farmers hurt by COVID-19.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, with organizations representing producers of goods ranging from apples to cotton and cattle, said in a letter that USDA's Aug. 28 deadline may prevent farmers from participating in the $16 billion aid program.
“We strongly encourage you to increase producer and stakeholder engagement initiatives," the groups told Perdue in the letter.
The USDA paid out $6.8 billion in the program as of Aug. 3, with cattle, milk and corn producers the biggest recipients.
To apply for the program or to learn more, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.