The U.S. Agriculture Department announced on Friday, that signups for the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aid will begin Sept. 21, which will make up to $14 billion in additional aid available to farmers and ranchers who have seen their markets disrupted and production costs increased by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has affected practically the entire agricultural system, and the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aid reflects that,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “Almost without exception, California farmers and ranchers have seen markets for their products disrupted, and costs to harvest their products rise.”
Changes in CFAP2 include more crops and commodities not included before.
“From the inception of CFAP, we have advocated for aid for the full range of crops and commodities grown in California. Finally, in this round, crops such as winegrapes, table grapes, raisins, and Pima cotton have been added to the list of those eligible for assistance,” he said.
Applications for CFAP 2 will end Dec. 11.
Full information about eligible commodities and the application process may be found on the USDA website.