CFAP Payments on Hold, Applications Still Accepted
USDA has suspended the processing of payments affiliated with the recently announced expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Two weeks ago, USDA announced additional CFAP aid which expanded eligibility to certain commodities and contract livestock growers. The additional assistance also included updating payments for producers who were eligible under previous iterations of CFAP (i.e. CFAP 1 and CFAP 2). This expanded assistance is unrelated to the payments authorized under Congress’ latest COVID-19 aid package passed in December which included money for cattle producers and $20/acre for row crop producers. The hold on the payments is due to a Biden administration memorandum freezing new agency regulations. The Farm Service Agency will continue to accept applications during the administration’s review of the program. The application deadline is February 26, 2021.