Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Farmers
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
USDA is now taking applications for the CFAP. As part of applying for the program, you’ll need to contact the Farm Service Agency county office at your local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment.
Your local FSA staff will work with you to apply for the program and will ask for the following information:
- Personal, including your Tax Identification Number
- Farming operating structure
- Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility
- Direct deposit to enable payment processing
Please, do not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application, and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. If you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center.
What Can You Do Now?
You can start gathering and understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory. The USDA website is a great resource to reference as you prepare to apply. The application deadline is August 28, 2020.
How Will USDA Accept Applications?
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Please call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment. The staff are working with agricultural producers by phone and using email, fax, mail, and online tools to accept applications.
New to Working with the Farm Service Agency?
FSA has county offices located at USDA Service Centers across the country, including offices in Shenandoah, Rockingham and Augusta Counties.
How Can We Help?
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for our community, but our Agricultural Financing Division at F&M Bank is your partner in both good times and bad. If there is anything we can do to help you, our your farm operation, please do no hesitate to contact us.