Producers and farmers across Idaho are encouraged to talk with their local FSA office to determine if they are eligible for financial help under the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance program, better known as CFAP2. Under the first round of assistance announced earlier this year, the Idaho Ag community received roughly $200 million dollars. Under CFAP2 roughly $14 billion is available nationwide.
Tom Dayley, Executive Director of the Idaho FSA said under the second round the payment limitation is reset, meaning a new limitation from what was established under the first round of CFAP payments, new commodities are eligible and of course application dates have been extended. Dayley added even if you’ve never participated in an FSA program before, including the first round of CFAP, you can still participate in CFAP2.
“Whether you have or haven’t participated in a program before, contact the FSA office because you may qualify for this program. And CFAP1 qualifications if you either have or haven’t disqualify you or qualify you for CFAP2. They are totally independent.”
Dayley noted communication with the FSA is so important during this time. He added before your make any changes at your farm, they need to know the structure of your operation.
“That’s another caution for producers, before you restructure your operation, you need to, if you have any idea, that you will be participating, if you have in the past or anticipate it into the future, you need to go in an talk to your FSA office, to see if that change in your operational structure will actually change your payment limitation eligibilities as well.”
Dayley says if you have questions about CFAP2, reach out to your local FSA office, or visit the USDA’s Website. Remember, the application deadline for CFAP2 is December 11th.
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