USDA is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.0 (CFAP 2). The application window closes on December 11, 2020.
Under CFAP 2, citrus producers are eligible to receive a direct payment based on the producer’s 2019 sales, subject to a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity.
To apply for a CFAP direct payment, go to www.farmers.gov/cfap. Applications can also be submitted manually at your local Farm Service Agency center, which can be located at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/specialty (scroll to the bottom of the webpage).
CCM strongly encourages every citrus growers to apply to receive a CFAP 2 direct payment. The application process is very simple and every citrus variety is eligible.
CFAP 2 is a self-certification program meaning no documentation is required when applying. However, growers should have all documentation readily available in the event their application is audited by USDA.
Again, your payment amount is determined by the 2019 sales. Growers should consult with their packing house if they are unsure of what their total 2019 sales were. Generally, the sales amount is the total gross sales documented on your 2019 pool statements.
Payments will be based on the producer’s 2019 sales of eligible commodities in a declining block format using the following payment factors:
- The amount of the producer’s eligible sales in calendar year 2019, multiplied by
- The payment rate for that range, which can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/specialty.
Payments for producers who began farming in 2020 and had no sales in 2019 will be based on the producer’s actual 2020 sales as of the producer’s application date.
If you have any questions, please contact CCM at (559) 592-3790 or email@example.com.