On Friday, September 18th, USDA announced the launch of the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP2), which is designed to provide additional aid to farmers impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and trade disputes. USDA will accept CFAP2 applications from September 21, 2020 through December 11, 2020.
CFAP 2 payments are available for eligible producers of row crop commodities categorized as either price trigger commodities or flat-rate crops. Specifically:
- Price trigger commodities suffered a five percent-or-greater national price decline in a comparison of the average prices for the week of January 13-17, 2020, and July 27-31, 2020.
- Flat-rate crops either do not meet the five-percent-or-greater national price decline trigger noted above or do not have data available to calculate a price change.
CFAP Payments for Price Trigger Row Crops
Payments for eligible row crops included in the price trigger payment category will be equal to the greater of:
- Eligible acres of the crop multiplied by a rate of $15 per acre; OR
- Eligible acres of the crop multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the weighted 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used.
Marketing percentages and payment rates for each crop are documented in the table below.
Commodity | Unit of Measure | Crop Marketing Percentage (%) | Payment Rate ($/Unit)
Barley | Bushel | 63 | $0.54
Corn | Bushel | 40 | $0.58
Cotton, Upland | Pound | 46 | $0.08
Sorghum | Bushel | 55 | $0.56
Soybeans | Bushel | 54 | $0.58
Sunflowers | Pound | 44 | $0.02
Wheat (All Classes) | Bushel | 73 | $0.54
Please note, if you will be filing an application for price trigger row crops identified as “acreage-based crops,” the acreage and yield information must be provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process, either through an application initiated by USDA Service Center staff or by applying online through our CFAP 2 Portal. Call your local USDA Service Center or log into the CFAP 2 Application Portal to initiate your application once the CFAP 2 application period opens on September 21. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap/apply.
CFAP Payments for Flat-Rate Row Crops
Payments for eligible row crops included in the flat-rate payment category will be equal to eligible acres of the crop multiplied by a rate of $15 per acre. Eligible acres include the producer’s share of the determined acres, or reported acres if determined acres are not present, excluding prevented planted and experimental acres.
Row crops eligible for CFAP 2 in the flat-rate payment category include: alfalfa, amaranth grain, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, hemp, indigo industrial rice, kenaf, khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, rice, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, speltz, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale.
Please note, if you will be filing an application for flat-rate row crops identified as “acreage-based crops,” the acreage and yield information must be provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process, either through an application initiated by USDA Service Center staff or by applying online through our CFAP 2 Portal. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap/apply.
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