Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
Hudson Valley farmers are eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding. These are direct payments to farmers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis through a decline in prices, losses suffered, or additional costs. Applications for the CFAP were reopened for CFAP2, and will be accepted now through December 11, 2020.
NOTE: PARTICIPATION IN THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) OR ECONOMIC IMPACT DISASTER LOAN (EIDL) PROGRAMS WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM RECEIVING CFAP FUNDING.
APPLY FOR CFAP FUNDING:
1) Determine your eligibility.
2) Find your USDA Service Center and Farm Service Agency.
- Call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment. The FSA will ask for your contact, personal, and direct deposit information, including your tax identification number.
3) Download and complete the CFAP application.
If you are an existing customer of your local USDA Service Center, additional forms required to complete your application may be already on file. An optional Microsoft Excel tool to help complete the application and a complete list of additional forms required to complete your application are available at farmers.gov/CFAP.
4) Submit your application via scan, email, or fax.
Please call your office prior to sending applications electronically. If you need additional help with the application, call the CFAP Call Center at 877-508-8364.
5) Payment will be received through direct deposit.
Producers 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 as funds remain available.
PAYMENT LIMITATIONS AND STRUCTURE:
CFAP payments are subject to a per person and legal entity payment limitation of $250,000. This limitation applies to the total amount of CFAP payments for all eligible commodities.
Unlike other FSA programs, special payment limitation rules apply to participants that are corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships (corporate entities). These corporate entities may receive up to $750,000 based upon the number of shareholders (not to exceed three shareholders) who are contributing at least 400 hours of active personal labor or active personal management.
For a corporate entity:
With one such shareholder the payment limit for the entity is $250,000.
With two such shareholders, the payment limit for the entity is $500,000 if at least two members contribute substantial labor or management with respect to the operation of the corporate entity.
With three such shareholders, the limit is $750,000 if at least three members contribute substantial labor or management with respect to the operation of the corporate entity.