Farm Community Says Crop Insurance Needs To Be Fixed

Last week, farm experts from across the country told House Ag lawmakers that crop insurance and other farm safety net programs are working, but the pandemic has shown that some fixes are needed. Farmers needed more than crop insurance and for ARC and PLC to survive the pandemic as well as the trade wars, programs […]

USDA Announces Further Pandemic Aid

Earlier this week, the USDA announced the availability of more than $330 million as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers program. The funding includes $169.9 million for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, $75 million for Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program grantees and approximately $80 million in payments to domestic users of upland and […]

USDA Reopens CFAP Application Period

USDA has re-opened the application period for the Coronavirus Food and Assistance Program or CFAP 2. “That was re-opened on April 5th for at least 60 days and the original sign up period ended December 11th,” said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator. “There were some gaps and some adjustments that needed to be made to fill […]

USDA Reopens CFAP2 Enrollment

On Monday, the USDA reopened the signup window for the CFAP 2. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial CFAP 2 signup ended in December, but USDA has reopened the signup period for CFAP 2 for at […]

USDA Rolls Out Pandemic Assistance

The USDA has announced their multi-billion-dollar Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which aims to fill in gaps from CFAP. The new effort puts at least $6 billion into new programs to reach a broader set of producers than earlier efforts, including small and minority, specialty crop and organic producers. American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley said another […]

Will There Be Changes To CFAP, Vilsack Offers Insight

While Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, did not make a formal announcement about USDA latest edition of CFAP, or additional assistance to farmers it is expected to provide, he provided insight earlier this week. “I expect and anticipate in the next week or so that we’re going to be able to lay out the plan in […]

AFBF: Farmers Need More Time to Apply for CFAP

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. In January, an additional $13 billion in assistance was made available to help farmers and ranchers suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current deadline is this Friday, February 26, but […]

AFBF Supports Effort To Increase CCC Borrowing Limit

Legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives would expand Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing authority from $30 billion to $68 billion. American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director Andrew Walmsley says this would be the first CCC funding increase since 1987. “The $68 billion would be what inflation adjusted numbers would be for the Commodity […]

What’s The Latest With CFAP?

The topic of CFAP, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, has dropped from the headlines as of recent. USDA’s Chief Economist, Seth Meyer, said the programs is currently frozen. Adding the new administration is looking at the program which has already paid out billions of dollars to help the farming community as well as hungry Americans […]

Senators Seek Guidance for Farmers Applying for PPP Loans

A pair of U.S. Senators want the federal government to issue guidance excluding C-FAP payments from farmers’ and ranchers’ 2020 gross receipts for purposes of obtaining a second draw loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. Senators John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, made the request in a letter to […]