U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced this week details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Tuesday, May 26, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. And while various crops are eligible for this assistance program, Secretary Perdue recently told AgNet Media it does include cotton.
Besides cotton, other non-specialty crops eligible for CFAP payments include malting barley, canola, corn, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat. There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.