Cornyn: Coronavirus Relief Program for Texas Farmers, Ranchers, and Producers Accepting Applications

Joanna Estrada
May 29, 2020

Producers of all eligible commodities will apply through their local FSA office.

However, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is anxious it may not be enough to cover Florida's needs. "As applications open (Tuesday), I'm urging Florida's farmers and ranchers to apply immediately, as these funds are limited and may be depleted quickly. Agricultural producers should contact their county Farm Service Agency office today and begin the application process". Additional eligibility requirements are listed at farmers.gov/cfap. However, an entity with two or three shareholders contributing substantial labor or management may be eligible for up to $500,000 or $750,000, respectively. Payment of the balance will be dependent on the availability of funds.

How to Prepare: Local FSA staff will work with producers to apply for the program.

Additional information on the program and how to apply through your local Farm Service Agency Service Centercan be found here. To participate, Ozark Countians should complete a CFAP application form and gather required documentation, including tax ID number, farming operating structure, adjusted gross income and direct deposit information. "FSA is available over the phone and virtually to walk you through the application process, whether it's the first time you've worked with FSA, or if you know us quite well". In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

It's thought that livestock producers will be the most numerous applicants in Ozark County.

Farmers should receive their payment seven to 10 days after their application is approved.

Non-specialty crops eligible for CFAP payments include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat and hard red spring wheat. Payments are also available for wool under a separate schedule. Producers will be paid based on inventory subject to price risk held as of January 15, 2020.

Livestock: Livestock eligible include cattle, lambs, yearlings and hogs. Also, on that webpage, producers can find a payment calculator to help identify sales and inventory records needed to apply and calculate potential payments. The second part of the payment is based a national adjustment to each producer's production in the first quarter.

Or not left the farm or remained unharvested as mature crops. Specialty crops include, but are not limited to, almonds, beans, broccoli, sweet corn, lemons, iceberg lettuce, spinach, squash, strawberries and tomatoes. Additional crops may be deemed eligible at a later date. However, the USDA was granted the ability to access an additional $14 million after June 20.

Ag producers who faced price declines five percent or greater for their crop may be eligible for up to $250,000 in federal aid through CFAP. Ineligible commodities may be reconsidered if credible evidence is presented.

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