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USDA releases details of support package

USDA releases details of support package

On top of that, the relaxation of payment limits may allow larger farms to claim a large portion of available funding, which could leave smaller and more vulnerable producers without assistance.

CFAP payments are created to provide producers with financial assistance that helps offset sales losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted through August 28. Those who earn more than $900,000 in adjusted gross income are not eligible, unless three-quarters or more of their income comes from agriculture. There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined.

USDA will make an initial payment of 80% of the total calculated maximum payment for a producer once the producer's CFAP application is approved. You do not need to be a current FSA customer to apply.

Existing customers will likely have this information on file at the local Service Center. While the main application document has not yet been released, certain supplemental forms required for the application (CCC-901, CCC-941, CCC-942, AD-1026, AD-2047, and SF-3881) have been published to the CFAP webpage and can be completed in advance. FSA staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications.

The program eliminates earlier per-commodity payment limits, but maintains overall payment limits.

Non-specialty crops eligible for payments include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat and hard red spring wheat.

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This allows farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster.

For dairy producers, the payment will be based in part on the farmer's milk production for the first quarter of 2020, multiplied by the national price decline during the same quarter. Covered commodities include a variety of grains, wool, cattle, lambs, yearlings, hogs, dairy, almonds, and an assortment of fruit and vegetables.

For eligible specialty crops, the total payment will be based on the volume of production sold between January 15 and April 15; the volume of production shipped, but unpaid; and the number of acres for which harvested production did not leave the farm or mature product destroyed or not harvested during that same time period, and which have not and will not be sold. "Based upon the limited resources announced today under this direct payment program, the potato industry is strongly urging Congress to act rapidly to provide more resources and flexibility to fill this huge gap and maintain producers' livelihoods". Additional crops may be deemed eligible at a later date.

Ineligible Commodities: Commodities that did not suffer a five percent-or-greater price decline from mid-January to mid-April are not eligible.

Other crops may be considered based on information that meets eligibility requirements.

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