Coronavirus assistance program for farmers and food producers reopens

Coronavirus assistance program for farmers and food producers reopens
United States Department of Agriculture (Source: USDA)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has reopened an assistance program for farmers and food producers.

The USDA reopened sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) on April 5 as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The sign-up period will last at least 60 days and allows producers to apply or make modifications to existing CFAP 2 applications.

The CFAP 2 program provides direct financial relief to producers due to market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, according to the USDA.

“Most of the crops and livestock raised in Louisiana, including many of them raised in our area, are eligible commodities for this program,” Kirk L. Smith, County Executive Director for FSA in Calcasieu-Cameron Counties, said in a statement. “If you missed getting an application in last fall, you now have the opportunity to apply for assistance. Our staff will help you through the application process, or if you need to make any modifications to your exiting application.”

Food producers may visit farmers.gov/cfap or call (337) 474-1583, Ext. 2 for more information. Call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

Row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture, and more all are eligible for the CFAP 2, including the recent addition of pullets and turfgrass sod, according to the USDA.

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