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Ahead of Deadline Next Week, Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Aug 31, 2020
Press Release

Ahead of Deadline Next Week, Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Applications Close September 11, 2020

 

Newburgh, NY – Ahead of the application deadline next week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) is encouraging Hudson Valley farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This program provides direct payment support to farmers and producers to offset losses in revenue since the pandemic began. These payments are not a loan and will not need to be repaid to the USDA.

 

The application portal for the CFAP will close Friday, September 11, 2020.

 

“As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I fought to provide dedicated assistance for New York farmers who have been impacted by the pandemic. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is a critical lifeline that will help our farmers access financial assistance as we recover and reopen our local economy. I encourage every Hudson Valley farmer to take advantage of this program before applications close next week,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

 

This program was made possible through the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Rep. Maloney helped pass in March.

 

Over 4,700 farmers in New York State have received assistance during the pandemic through the program, totaling over $207 million to support farmers and producers.

 

Farmers and agricultural producers who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to the pandemic, and who have faced additional, unexpected costs as a result of decreased demand for fresh products, are eligible for this program. The payment is limited to $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. There is no cost to apply for the program.

 

Farmers should apply for the CFAP through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. More information and application paperwork can be found by visiting www.farmers.gov/CFAP.

 

Farm Service Agency – Orange County

Middletown Service Center
225 Dolson Ave. #1A
Middletown, NY
845-343-1872

 

Farm Service Agency – Dutchess, Westchester & Putnam Counties

2715 Route 44
Millbrook, NY
845-677-3952

 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is a member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture, as well as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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