USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Farmers and Ranchers

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On April 17, 2020, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program includes $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers including $9.5 billion of emergency funding from the CARES Act and $6.5 billion of funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). 

Of the $19 billion, $5.1 billion has been allocated for cattle producers to partially offset 2020 losses due to COVID-19. Producers will receive a single payment determined using two calculations:

  • Price losses that occurred January 1-April 15, 2020. Producers will be compensated for 85% of price loss during that period.
  • Second part of the payment will be expected losses from April 15 through the next two quarters and will cover 30% of expected losses.

The payment limit is $125,000 per commodity, with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity. Qualified commodities must have experienced a 5% price decrease between January and April. MSGA efforts have been to ensure this program will be of assistance to cow-calf producers in the state.

Although CFAP still has to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the program is expected to begin sign-up in early May and producers could possibly receive payments by the end of May or early in June.

MSGA will continue to update our members on important information regarding this program.

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Keni Reese
Director of Marketing & Communications
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