Leonard Hubert, State Executive Director of the USDA, Ohio FSA State Office provided the following statement:
“The USDA has just announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP will begin Tuesday, May 26, and applications will be accepted through Aug. 28, 2020. FSA will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. The application form and a payment calculator for producers will be available online once signup begins on May 26th. To learn more about CFAP, download the final rule and the cost-benefit analysis.
An online tool will be available once signup begins on the farmers.gov/CFAP website to help producers understand the sales and inventory records needed to apply and to calculate potential payments. This tool allows producers to enter information specific to their operation and will generate a completed application form that can be signed and submitted to their county FSA office for review and processing. I would encourage all producers to bookmark the www.farmers.gov/CFAP website to find the latest information on CFAP, including forms, eligible commodities, CFAP eligibility, payment limitations and structure, ineligible commodities, request for additional commodities, completing the appropriate forms and applying once the sign-up period begins.
While the application process has not started, producers can start gathering and understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory. Our FSA COF staff will work with producers to apply for the program, and through forms that will ask for the following information:
- Name and address
- Personal information, including your Tax Identification Number
- Farm operating structure
- Adjusted Gross Income compliance certification to ensure eligibility
- Direct deposit to enable payment processing
I am also asking for patience over the next several days, as our Ohio FSA staff will have their first opportunity for CFAP training this Friday, May 22nd to learn about the details of the program. Producers may be inclined to contact their County FSA office this week, but unfortunately, we don’t have any additional details than what I am sharing with you today. As you know Ohio FSA continues to be open for business by phone appointment only. Our staff is continuing to provide the best customer service we can while also prioritizing the health of our employees and the health of our customers. As our staff begins to implement this new program, they will be working with our customers by phone, email, and using other online tools whenever possible. All customers wishing to conduct business with their FSA County office are required to contact their USDA Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.”
Learn more by reading “USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program” press release.