Alabama farmers hard hit by low commodity prices and market disruption caused by COVID-19 may apply through Aug. 28 for relief under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Alabama Farmers Federation National Affairs Director Mitt Walker said farmers eagerly anticipated details of the $16 billion program.
“Farmers in Alabama appreciate President Trump, USDA Secretary Perdue and Congress for recognizing the detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on the industry,” Walker said. “Securing our nation’s food supply is critical, and the virus dealt farmers another blow when many were already having a tough time making ends meet.”
CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct relief payments for farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Producers will receive 80% of their maximum total payment upon approval. The remaining will be paid later as funds are available. Payments are limited to $250,000.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting webinars related to CFAP. Register at tinyurl.com/CFAPwebinars.
June 11 at 3 p.m. CT for dairy and non-specialty crop producers
June 16 at 3 p.m. CT for non-specialty crops and livestock producers
June 18 at 3 p.m. CT on FSA programs in the time of coronavirus
Federation staff are working closely with the FSA to assist farmers as they apply for funds.
The Federation also encourages farmers concerned about loan repayments due to COVID-19 complications to contact their local lender.
USDA’s CFAP Call Center provides application assistance at (877) 508-8364.
Visit farmers.gov/cfap to learn more.