The United States Department of Agriculture announced that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the USDA is extending the deadline to apply for the program to Sept. 11, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. After reviewing over 1,700 responses, even more farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity for assistance to help keep operations afloat during these tough times.
    USDA collected comments and supporting data for consideration of additional commodities through June 22. The following additional commodities are now eligible for CFAP:
    – Specialty crops: aloe leaf, banana, batata, bok choy, carambola (star fruit), cherimoya, chervil (French parsley), citron, curry leaf, daikon, date, dill, donqua (winter melon), dragon fruit (red pitaya), endive, escarole, filbert, frisee, horseradish, kohlrabi, kumquat, leek, mamey sapote, maple sap (for maple syrup), mesculin mix, microgreen, nectarine, parsley, persimmon, plantain, pomegranate, pummelo, pumpkin, rutabaga, shallot, tangelo, turnip/celeriac, turmeric, upland/winter cress, water cress, yautia/malanga and yuca/cassava.
    – Non-specialty crops and livestock: liquid egg, frozen egg and all sheep. Only lambs and yearlings (sheep less than 2 years old) were previously eligible.
    – Aquaculture: catfish, crawfish, largemouth bass and carp sold live as food fish, hybrid striped bass, red drum, salmon, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, ornamental/tropical fish and recreational sportfish.
    – Nursery crops and flowers: nursery crops and cut flowers.
    Seven commodities – green onion, pistachio, peppermint, spearmint, walnut and watermelon – are now eligible for CARES Act funding for sales losses. Originally, these commodities were only eligible for payments on marketing adjustments.
    Additional details can be found in the federal register in the notice of funding availability and final rule correction and at www.farmers.gov/cfap.

Producers who have applied
    To ensure availability of funding, producers with approved applications initially received 80% of their payments. The Farm Service Agency will automatically issue the remaining 20% of the calculated payment to eligible producers. Going forward, producers who apply for CFAP will receive 100% of their total payment, not to exceed the payment limit, when their applications are approved.

Applying for CFAP
    Producers, especially those who have not worked with FSA previously, are recommended to call 877-508-8364 to begin the application process. An FSA staff member can help producers start their application during the phone call.
    On www.farmers.gov/cfap, producers can download the AD-3114 application form and manually complete the form to submit to their local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically or by hand delivery to their local office or office drop box.
    Complete the application form using the CFAP application generator and payment calculator. This Excel workbook allows customers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center.
    If producers have login credentials known as eAuthentication, they can use the online CFAP application portal to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center.  
    All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from www.farmers.gov/cfap. For existing FSA customers, these documents are likely already on file.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.