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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Grants to USA Agricultural and Livestock Producers to
Mitigate the Negative Financial Impacts of COVID-19

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Deadline Date:

10/12/21

Description:

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Grants to USA agricultural and livestock producers to mitigate the negative financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of funding is to assist producers in a wide range of markets who have faced disruptions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on March 24, 2021. This is part of a larger effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. CFAP updates included re-opening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), additional payments for eligible cattle and row crop producers, and the processing of payments for certain applications filed as part of CFAP Additional Assistance.

Commodities eligible for the current Coronavirus Food Assistance Program signup period are outlined below.

  • Aquaculture
  • Broilers, Eggs, and Pullets
  • Dairy
  • Floriculture and Nursey Crops
  • Livestock
  • Livestock and Poultry by Contract Producers
  • Row Crops
  • Specialty Crops
  • Specialty Livestock
  • Tobacco
  • Wool

For more information on eligible commodities, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192431

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total amount of CFAP 2 payments made to a legal entity – such as to a corporation, limited liability corporation, limited partnership, trust, or estate – is $250,000 except if:
- Two different members of the legal entity each provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor, active personal management, or combination thereof with respect to the production of 2020 commodities, then an entity may receive up to $500,000.
- Three different members of the legal entity each provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor, active personal management, -or combination thereof with respect to the production of 2020 commodities, then an entity may receive up to $750,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any individual or legal entity who shares in the risk of producing a commodity may apply for CFAP 2. Contract producers of eligible livestock, poultry, and eggs may also apply for the program.

With the exception of contract producers, all producers must be in the business of farming at the time of submitting their application to be eligible.

Producers can apply for assistance for only commercially produced commodities.

To be eligible for payments, a person or legal entity must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. However, if 75 percent of their adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry-related activities, the AGI limit of $900,000 does not apply and the person or legal entity is eligible to receive CFAP 2 payments up to the applicable payment limitation.

Persons and legal entities also must:
- Comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions; and
- Not have a controlled substance violation.

Additionally:
- If a person is not a US Citizen or Resident Alien (possessing an I-551 “Green Card”), then that person must provide a significant contribution of capital, land, and active personal labor to be eligible for CFAP 2.
- If a legal entity has more than 10 percent ownership held by persons who are not a US Citizen or Resident Alien, then that entity is eligible for payment only if each foreign person in the entity makes a significant contribution of labor to the farming operation. If the foreign person(s) does not make a significant contribution of active personal labor to the farming operation, the legal entity’s payment is reduced by the pro-rata ownership interest held by the foreign person(s).

Commodities not eligible for CFAP 2 include:
- Hay, except for alfalfa, and crops intended for grazing.
- All equine, breeding stock, companion or comfort animals, pets, and animals raised for hunting or game purposes.
- Birdsfoot and trefoil, clover, cover crop, fallow, forage soybeans, forage sorghum, gardens (commercial and home), grass, kochia (prostrata), lespedeza, milkweed, mixed forage, pelts (excluding mink), perennial peanuts, pollinators, sunn hemp, vetch, and seed of ineligible crops.

Pre-Application Information:

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications. USDA re-opened CFAP 2 signup beginning April 5, 2021. Signup will close on October 12, 2021.

Application information: farmers.gov/coronavirus/pandemic-assistance/cfap2/apply

Eligibility: https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cfap

Eligible and Ineligible Commodities: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap2/commodities

FAQs: https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus/pandemic-assistance/cfap2/faq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://apps.fsa.usda.gov/cfap2/index.jsp

Online applications will not be possible for entities such as corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, or estates via the CFAP 2 Application Portal. CFAP 2 applications for these business types should be initiated by contacting your local USDA Service Center or the call center at 877-508-8364.

Producers who are interested in filling out the CFAP 2 application manually can download the application form, AD-3117, to fill out and return to the FSA office at their local USDA Service Center: https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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