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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 11, 2020

William L. Beam


The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct payments to agricultural producers of eligible commodities that have been impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligible commodities include:

  • Non-specialty crops: barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat
  • Wool
  • Livestock: cattle, hogs, and sheep
  • Dairy
  • Specialty crops
    • Fruits: apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelons
    • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, dry onions, green onions, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, taro
    • Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts
    • Other: beans, mushrooms

Eligibility requirements:

  • Producers (person or legal entity) of specified agricultural commodities that have suffered a 5% or greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who face substantial marketing costs for inventories
  • Have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018 (If 75% of adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry, the 900,000 limit does not apply.)
  • Comply with conservation compliance provisions
  • Do not have a controlled substance violation
  • If a foreign person, provides land, capital, and a substantial amount of active personal labor to the farming operation
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Payments are subject to a per person and legal entity payment limitation of $250,000, which applies to the total amount of CFAP payments made with respect to all eligible commodities.

Corporate entities may receive up to $750,000 based upon the number of shareholders who contribute at least 400 hours of active person management or personal active labor.

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