Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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Are you a farmer who has been affected financially by the coronavirus? The USDA and FSA are going to begin accepting applications on May 26, 2020, (will close August 28, but it’s anticipated that these funds will run out quickly) to assist with financial assistance for farmers who have had a 5% impact or more. If you’re interested in applying for financial assistance, read over these frequently asked questions, there’s a lot of great information on there. Additionally, you’ll want to reach out to your FSA agent and set up an appointment. You can find your FSA agent on the Service Center Locator page. You can find the application forms on the USDA website, along with the frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions regarding this, it would be best to reach out to your FSA agent.

Below is a list of commodity and livestock that is eligible for assistance,

Non-specialty crops: malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat and wool.

Livestock: cattle, dairy, hogs, lambs, and yearlings.

Specialty crops: almonds, apples, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapefruit, kiwifruit; lemons, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, mushrooms, dry onions, green onions, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pecans, bell-type peppers, other peppers, potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tangerines, taro, tomatoes, walnuts, and watermelons.

Ineligible commodities include:

sheep more than 2 years old, eggs/layers, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat, white wheat, rice, flax, rye, peanuts, feed barley, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, alfalfa, forage crops, hemp, and tobacco.

USDA may reconsider the excluded commodities if credible evidence is provided that supports a five percent price decline.