CFAP Round 2 Provides Assistance for Cattle Producers
- Deadline to Apply December 11
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI (September 24, 2020) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a second round of COVID assistance relief through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), or CFAP 2. USDA published the rule for this program on Friday, September 18. Missouri Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the CFAP 2 is easier to understand and more straightforward than the initial program.
"We applaud USDA for rolling out the second round of relief in a very straightforward way," said Deering. "There should be minimal confusion with this program for cattle producers."
The CFAP 2 payment rate for eligible beef cattle is $55 per head. Payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between April 16, 2020, and August 31, 2020. Deering said USDA officials made clear on a stakeholder call on Monday, September 21, that breeding stock did not include bred heifers or virgin yearling bulls. He said breeding stock are only those animals currently in production.
There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has
been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2.
Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming or ranching.
Signups began September 21, 2020, and will run through December 11, 2020. CFAP 2 details are available at www.farmers.gov/cfap/livestock.