The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers interested in participating may register for the webinar in advance.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. They encourage participants to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing CFAP.firstname.lastname@example.org. While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, answers will be posted online. USDA is hosting this webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins. Producers who are new to participating in FSA programs are especially encouraged to join the webinar. More details about CFAP direct payments will be announced soon.
As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. Also, USDA will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.
A recording of the webinar, the answers to its questions, and other CFAP information can be found online.
If farmers need hand sanitizer or masks contact Tioga County Cornell Cooperative Extension with the name of the farm, how many folks work on the farm, what they produce and what they need (gallon jugs, 2 ounce spray bottles, and masks –suggest 5 per employee). If they sell farm products, they are eligible.