USDA issues first Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $545 million in payments to farmers and ranchers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received more than 86,000 applications for the program….

Farmers and ranchers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date nationwide, as funds remain available.

Getting Help from FSA
New customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP application process can call 877.508.8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before a farmer or rancher engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA Service Center.

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