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USDA to Distribute Funds Under Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


The USDA has announced approximately $12 billion in CFAP funding for the agricultural sector affected by COVID. 


  • $4.5 billion will be designated for crop producers, with an estimated 560,000 recipients at a flat rate of $20 per acre for a wide range of row crops. 
  • $1.1 billion will be allocated to 410,000 livestock farmers
  •  $6 billion will be allocated for new programs.  These include dairy production, the biofuels industry, speciality crops, disadvantaged and minority farmers, conservation activities, organic certification, and forestry. 

Sec. Tom Vilsack

Programs will be developed to reimburse farming companies that supplied PPE to workers.  Special provisions will be made to reduce waste and to distribute perishable food through donations, farm-to-school programs, and communities.  It is anticipated that payments will commence during the first week of April and that previously approved CFAP-1 applications will be automatically honored.  Eligible crop producers will not be required to submit new CFAP-2 applications.