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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) - Additional Assistance

As announced by USDA on March 24, USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers (USDA-PAP) has several features. We are listing them here in order of expected implementation.

Increased CFAP 1 payments

Cattle producers will receive the following payments (see table) based on the number of head in inventory between April 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020. Only producers who previously applied are eligible, and the added payments will be made automatically.

Eligible Commodity

Payment Rate

Feeder Cattle: Less than 600 Pounds

$7.00 / head

Feeder Cattle: 600 Pounds or More

$25.50 / head

Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle

$63.00 / head

Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle

$14.75 / head

All Other Cattle

$17.25 / head


Added CFAP 2 payments for row crops

An additional $20 per eligible acre will be paid automatically starting April 1 to those who previously submitted an application under the CFAP 2 program (no need to reapply).

Crops included are: alfalfa, corn, cotton, hemp, peanuts, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets, sunflowers and wheat, as well as amaranth grain, barley, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple cotton, upland cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, indigo, industrial rice, kenaf, Khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, speltz, sugarcane, teff and triticale .

USDA is still finalizing details to begin processing payments under the CFAP Additional Assistance program, including:

  • Applications filed for pullets and turfgrass sod
  • A formula correction to allow row-crop producers with a non-Actual Production History (APH) insurance policy to use 100% of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield in the calculation
  • A revision to sales commodity applications to include insurance indemnities, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program payments, and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus payments, as required by statute

CFAP 2 reopens for applications for at least 60 days beginning April 5 at www.farmers.gov/cfap/apply. The commodities eligible include the crops and livestock that were originally eligible for CFAP 2 and those included in CFAP Additional Assistance. Special efforts will be made to improve outreach for the program, especially to underserved and disadvantaged communities.

As a reminder, eligible livestock include price trigger commodities (beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep) that suffered a 5% or more national price decline when comparing their average prices for the week of Jan. 13-17, 2020, and July 27-31, 2020. Additional specialty livestock commodities are also eligible, as described on farmers.gov/cfap2/specialty-livestock.

Not eligible for CFAP 2 are all equine, breeding stock, companion or comfort animals, pets, and animals raised for hunting or game purposes.

Payments are based on the highest owned inventory of eligible, nonbreeding livestock on a date selected by the producer from April 16, 2020, through August 31, 2020, multiplied by the CCC payment rate.

  • Beef cattle: $55 / head
  • Hogs and pigs: $23 / head
  • Lambs and sheep: $27 / head

Certain contract growers are eligible for assistance through CFAP 2 under CFAP Additional Assistance. Payments for contract growers are currently on hold and are likely to require modifications to the regulation as part of a broader evaluation. FSA will continue to accept applications from interested contract growers during this evaluation period.

For full information about PAP, including another $6 billion to expand assistance to more producers and $500 million of new funding for existing programs, visit USDA’s After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid, USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably.


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The recording from the Reviewing Government Programs in 2020 webinar is available.

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