Funding Available: USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers
On March 24, 2021, the USDA announced a new initiative intended to reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. If you did not benefit from previous rounds of financial assistance, this may be your chance. Among other expanded criteria, the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers includes updates to previous and existing programs as well as new programs with greater emphasis on organic producers. Click the button below to learn more and get the latest updates.
“The pandemic affected all of agriculture, but many farmers did not benefit from previous rounds of pandemic-related assistance. Our new USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative will help get financial assistance to a broader set of producers, including to socially disadvantaged communities, small and medium sized producers, and farmers and producers of less traditional crops.”
— Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
Here are some highlights:
- The sign-up for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will be reopened for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021.
- The USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers press release details the 4 parts of the new initiative: (1). Expand Help & Assistance to More Producers, (2.) New Funding to Existing Programs, (3.) Carrying Out Formula Payments under CFAP 1, CFAP 2, CFAP AA, (4.) Reopening CFAP 2 Sign-Up to Improve Access & Outreach to Underserved Producers)
Links for many other programs can be found in Covid 19 Resources.