Today, May 21, 2020, I received an email and attachment from Dr. Will Maples, Assistant Professor in the Agric. Economics Dept. at Miss. State Univ. The email attachment is a Fact Sheet that he and his colleagues at MSU have composed explaining USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Click here to access the Fact Sheet.
USDA announced the CFAP on May 19, 2020 that will provide direct payments to eligible farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible, an agricultural commodity must have suffered at least a 5% price decline due to the pandemic between mid-January and mid-April 2020, or faced marketing costs for inventories due to decreased demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns. Row crops in Mississippi that are eligible for this payment are corn, cotton, and soybeans.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting applications from eligible producers on May 26, 2020 at local FSA offices. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 28, 2020.
More information on the CFAP program and the application process can be found here. Miss. soybean producers are encouraged to access the Fact Sheet and explore the CFAP program to determine their eligibility and to become familiar with its process and requirements.
Composed by Larry G. Heatherly, May 2020, email@example.com