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Under Secretary announces CFAP's newly eligible commodities

USDA extends the CFAP signup deadline.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

August 12, 2020

Tuesday, August 12, USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey announced changes and updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Farm Press discussed the changes with him in a virtual interview. 

CFAP is a part of the CARES Act for coronavirus aid.  "We put this program together back in April and May and started signups at the end of May," Northey said. "It's really to address coronavirus losses between mid-January through mid-April." Northey anticipates additional programs to address losses incurred from mid-April and after.

Watch this video to learn more. 

See, More commodities qualify for CFAP

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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