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USDA announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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Posted at 4:15 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 17:15:23-04

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the USDA has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to America's farmers and ranchers who suffered losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

"In these challenging times, we have refocused our attention on the critical importance of food and fiber. The work never stops for our agricultural producers, yet many face financial hardships as restaurants closed and food we would normally export across the world, was ground to a halt," said Strain. "Anytime we can help our ag producers, who are the backbone of our economy, we show our appreciation for their hard work and resilience. It is imperative that we assist them so they can continue to provide us the safest and most affordable food in the world."

In addition, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors. That program will benefit workforces significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and food service entities by purchasing $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat for those in need.

Beginning May 26, the USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses.

There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined.

Producers of all eligible commodities will apply through their local FSA office. Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.

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