From: Nancy McBrady, Director, Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
To: Maine agriculture businesses
Subject: USDA Provides Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers Impacted by the Coronavirus, “CFAP 2”
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced up to $14 billion in added funding for agricultural producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, CFAP 2, begins today, Monday, September 21 and runs through Friday, December 11, 2020.
Payments under CFAP2 will go to producers of crops in three categories:
- Price trigger commodities: Major commodities producers will qualify for payments based on documented price declines.
- Flat rate crops: Producers of certain crops (mostly grains) will be eligible for payments based on the size of their crop even if they can’t demonstrate a price drop.
- Sales commodities: Specialty crop producers will be qualify for payments based on 2019 gross sales.