The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency has extended the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) application deadline to September 11, 2020. Originally, an August 28 deadline was announced.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) strongly encourages producers to apply as soon as possible to not miss out on funding, given the recent expansion of accepted crops.
When funding is exhausted, there is no guarantee that applicants can receive payment. Applications take no more than 15 minutes to complete and can even be completed online. If you have any questions, contact the IAC Technical Assistance Specialist serving your area today: www.indianag.org/whoweare
The following additional commodities are now eligible for CFAP:
Specialty Crops - aloe leaves, bananas, batatas, bok choy, carambola (star fruit), cherimoya, chervil (french parsley), citron, curry leaves, daikon, dates, dill, donqua (winter melon), dragon fruit (red pitaya), endive, escarole, filberts, frisee, horseradish, kohlrabi, kumquats, leeks, mamey sapote, maple sap (for maple syrup), mesculin mix, microgreens, nectarines, parsley, persimmons, plantains, pomegranates, pummelos, pumpkins, rutabagas, shallots, tangelos, turnips/celeriac, turmeric, upland/winter cress, water cress, yautia/malanga, and yuca/cassava.
Non-Specialty Crops and Livestock - liquid eggs, frozen eggs and all sheep. Only lambs and yearlings (sheep less than two years old) were previously eligible.
Aquaculture - catfish, crawfish, largemouth bass and carp sold live as foodfish, hybrid striped bass, red drum, salmon, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, ornamental/tropical fish, and recreational sportfish.
Nursery Crops and Flowers - nursery crops and cut flowers.
Other changes to CFAP include:
Seven commodities – onions (green), pistachios, peppermint, spearmint, walnuts and watermelons – are now eligible for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act funding for sales losses. Originally, these commodities were only eligible for payments on marketing adjustments. Correcting payment rates for onions (green), pistachios, peppermint, spearmint, walnuts, and watermelons.
More information about CFAP: www.farmers.gov/cfap