USDA Will Soon Accept Applications for Direct Payments

USDA will soon begin taking applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Direct Payments.  Details about program eligibility are forthcoming, however, direct payments will be limited to producers who have suffered demonstrable losses due to COVID-19. CCM anticipates that lemon growers who have incurred losses due to the reduction in the foodservice market will be eligible for direct payments, though there could also be other qualifying scenarios.

Information about the program and how to apply is available at the USDA website at  USDA will post information as it becomes available, so check back often to ensure you are prepared to apply when the application period opens.

If you intend to apply for a CFAP direct payment, contact your Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Service Center now to schedule a tele-appointment.  Your local FSA staff will work with you to apply for the program and submit the required paperwork, which will include information such as:

  • Contact
  • Personal (Tax Identification Number)
  • Farming operating structure
  • Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility
  • Direct deposit to enable payment

You can locate your FSA office here.  A directory of FSA offices in the citrus producing counties is available here.

If you are an existing FSA customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center. The signup process does not require an acreage report at the time of application.

What Can You Do Now?

  • Visit and review and fill out the required forms
  • Start gathering and understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory
  • Schedule a tele-appointment with your county FSA Service Center
  • Watch for updates from USDA and CCM about the program including answers to frequently asked questions and when the application period is open

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