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Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 26, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Applications Will Be Accepted Starting Today - May 26, 2020

Newburgh, NYRep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) encourages 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), which will provide direct payment support to farmers and producers to offset losses in revenue since the pandemic began. Applications will be accepted starting today, and will close August 28, 2020.

“This pandemic has put an unimaginable strain on Hudson Valley’s family farmers and limited the local, healthy food sources so many families rely on. Today, I encourage all of our farmers impacted by this pandemic to take advantage of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and access this new lifeline. Our farms are a critical piece of our local economies that we cannot lose to this public health crisis,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

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

Hudson Valley farmers have faced collapsed markets and limited product demand as schools, restaurants and businesses shutter temporarily during the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will give direct payment assistance to New York farmers and agricultural producers who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline, and who have faced additional, unexpected costs as a result of decreased demand for fresh products. The payment is limited to $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined.

Farmers and producers should apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. More information and loan application paperwork can be found by visiting www.farmers.gov/CFAP. To apply, they will need to contact their nearest Farm Service Agency office in Orange or Putnam counties to set up a virtual meeting.

Farm Service Agency – Orange County

Middletown Service Center
225 Dolson Ave.
Middletown, NY
Phone: 845-343-1872

Farm Service Agency – Dutchess, Westchester, & Putnam Counties

2715 Route 44
Millbrook, NY
Phone: 845-677-3952

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Rep. Maloney’s statement on the announcement of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program can be found here.

In April, Rep. Maloney introduced the Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act, which will support Hudson Valley’s small family farms by providing one-time debt forgiveness of up to $250,000 for farmers who hold existing loan obligations with the USDA. Read more here.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney serves on the House Agriculture Committee, in addition to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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