Farmers may need a little help understanding the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program before visiting their local USDA Farm Service Agency. So, the University of Missouri Extension economists have prepared an online overview to help.
Sign-up for direct relief because of the COVID-19 pandemic began May 26 and ends Aug. 28 at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices.
MU Extension agriculture economist Scott Brown says payment details are complicated, and “everyone won’t be happy, but they will be happy to see payments headed their way.” Not all commodities are eligible.
CFAP by the numbers
Eligible farmers and livestock producers will receive 80% of their calculated payment now under the CFAP plan. The remaining 20%, not to exceed the payment limit, will come later this year, depending on remaining dollars available under the allotted $16 billion available through CFAP.
Eligible commodities must have suffered a 5% or more price decline or serious supply chain disruptions because of COVID-19. Income restrictions apply for individuals and different legal entities.
BEEF CASE: MU Extension ag business specialist Wesley Tucker says this is an example of how to calculate the payout from CFAP. However, not all cases with these exact numbers will receive more than $9,000. Visit with MU Extension or FSA offices to see what you can expect.
MU Extension agriculture business and policy specialists created the educational pieces to help producers understand the program before they visit their local FSA offices during unusual work environments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MU Extension guide offers eligibility requirements, examples, videos and calculators.
How to apply for CFAP
Producers must make telephone appointments with FSA representatives or email them. They also may apply online.
If you are an existing customer, much of the required information likely will be on file at the FSA office. If not, prepare by having your personal information, tax identification number and direct deposit information.
CROP PAYOUT: MU Extension worked up this example for corn and soybean growers.
Be prepared to explain your farm operating structure and have information regarding your adjusted gross income compliance certification to ensure eligibility. Applicants will self-certify, but should keep records for spot checks and audits.
Apply at farmers.gov/cfap.
Extension available by email
Those who are not computer savvy or have questions may contact MU Extension ag business and policy faculty:
Scott Brown, BrownSc@missouri.edu, 573-529-9200
Karisha Devlin, DevlinK@missouri.edu, 660-216-4008
Joe Horner, HornerJ@missouri.edu, 573-882-9339
Ryan Milhollin, MilhollinR@missouri.edu, 573-882-0668
David Reinbott, ReinbottD@missouri.edu, 573-837-2358
Mary Sobba, SobbaM@missouri.edu, 573-581-3231
Wesley Tucker, TuckerW@missouri.edu, 417-326-4916