USDA provides direct assistance to farmers affected by covid-19

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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.

Apply for CFAP 2 Online

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.

CFAP 2 Application Assistance

Comprehensive COVID Resources for Agriculture