November 3, 2020


More than US$7 billion paid in second round of USDA food assistance programme


US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on November 2 that, in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than US$7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2).


CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.


"America's agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disruptions and associated costs," Perdue said. "This programme builds upon the over US$10 billion disbursed under the first round of CFAP. Agricultural producers who have been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for assistance."


Since CFAP 2 enrollment started on September 21, FSA has approved more than 443,000 applications. The top five US states for payments are Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Kansas.


Through CFAP 2, USDA is making available up to US$14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs due to COVID-19.


CFAP 2 is a separate programme from the first iteration of CFAP (CFAP 1). It supports eligible producers of row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many other commodities, including many that were ineligible for CFAP 1.


- USDA Farm Service Agency