Coronavirus Food Assistance Program eligibility, payment details

To provide immediate financial assistance to farmers impacted by COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided the Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue with an immediate $9.5 billion and the Commodity Credit Corporation with a $14 billion replenishment. Combining existing CCC funding of $6.5 billion with the $9.5 billion appropriated, Perdue created a $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19 related losses for livestock and specialty and nonspecialty crops. After USDA unveiled the program, the American Farm Bureau Federation dug in to get the details of these payments.

Ben Brown, assistant professor of Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, provides additional background about CFAP, along with information about eligibility requirements, the application process and payment rates that he and his team laid out in a new report.