Alfalfa has been included in USDA’s latest expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Recently, USDA announced an additional $14 billion for farmers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) provides farmers of eligible commodities with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A list of CFAP 2 eligible commodities can be found by clicking here. Alfalfa is included under the “Flat-Rate Crops” category which includes crops eligible for a $15/acre payment for all acres certified to that commodity for 2020.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020. Information on how to apply for CFAP 2 funding can be found here.
Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with farmers to file CFAP 2 applications. Farmers can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance at the CFAP call center. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for additional information on CFAP 2 eligibility, payment limitations, structure, and how to apply.