Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Pork, 15 January 2021, photo credit: Lonely Planet
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said USDA will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has left a deep impact on the farm economy, and we are utilizing the tools and monies available to ease some of the financial burdens on American producers to ensure our agricultural economy remains strong, independent and a global leader in production,” said Secretary Perdue in the release. “As part of implementing CFAP 1 and CFAP 2, we identified new areas of support and Congress recently directed us to provide additional relief. This additional assistance builds on to the $23.6 billion in assistance already provided to our farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic, and we will continue to implement other provisions enacted by Congress.”
Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are due to the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP, a USDA release noted.
Here’s a look at what’s new for swine producers.