The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on May 26, 2020. The Program will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities, and will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to producers to help offset impacts from the pandemic by providing payments to eligible agricultural producers to help offset direct losses as well as additional adjustment and marketing costs. As part of applying for the program, producers will need to contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office at their local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment. Local FSA staff will work with producers to apply for the program.
Producers will need to provide the following information:
-Personal, including Tax Identification Number
-Farm operating structure
-Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility
-Direct deposit to enable payment processing
You will need to complete a CCC-901, CCC-941, CCC-942, AD-1026, AD-2047 and SF-3881, and possibly a CCC-902. More information about these forms and the CFAP is on the USDA's website (https://www.farmers.gov/cfap). Once the application period opens, you must contact your Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office (https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app) to schedule an appointment. Please make sure to call your FSA office prior to sending applications electronically.
Producers should not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. For existing customers, information will likely be on file at your local Service Center.
What Can You Do Now?
While the application process has not started, you can start gathering and understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory:
-Total sales of eligible livestock, by species and class, between January 15, 2020, to April 15, 2020, of owned inventory as of January 15, 2020, including any offspring from that inventory; and
-highest inventory of eligible livestock, by species and class, between April 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020.
How Will USDA Accept Applications?
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Once the application period opens, please call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment. FSA staff are working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email, fax, mail, and online tools to accept applications.
County FSA Office Info:
Kauai County Contact: Robert Ishikawa, County Executive Director
Phone: (808) 245-9014 x 104 Fax: (855) 356-9495
Oahu County Contact: Jason Shitanishi, County Executive Director
Phone: (808) 861-8538 x 104 Fax: (855) 356-9490
Maui County Contact: James Robello, County Executive Director
Phone: (808) 871-5500 x 105 Fax: (855) 356-9494
Hawaiʻi County Contact: Lester Ueda, County Executive Director
Phone: (808) 933-8341 Fax: (855) 356-9492
This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. $19 billion is available for immediate relief programs to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.
$5.1 billion is available for cattle producers
How to Apply: USDA is currently undergoing rulemaking for direct payments to farmers. It is expected that sign up will begin in early May with payments being disbursed in late May or early June. However, the precise timeline for sign up and payments are subject to the USDA finalizing its rules and regulations for the program.
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