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USDA offers assistance program for farmers and ranchers, deadline Dec. 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides eligible producers with direct financial assistance due to market disruptions and associated costs because of the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will use funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities.

Producers can apply at USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the recent health crisis. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

New customers seeking one-on-one support with the application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages the team at the FSA county office at their local USDA Service Center. Producers can also download applications and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap.