Sep 24, 2020
CFAP 2: Apply right away, urge potato industry leaders

The second installment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 assistance program — CFAP 2 — is a major improvement from the original Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, say potato industry leaders.

National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles said the $14 billion CFAP 2 removes the “hurdles” and confusing payment levels of its predecessor, making way for a much easier and inclusive assistance program not only for those in the potato industry, but across agriculture. In fact, the program, which started accepting applications Sept. 21, is so inclusive, Quarles emphasized the importance of getting your application in as soon as possible.

“Sign-up online or go to your FSA (Farm Service Agency) office, and do it early,” Quarles said. “There are hardly any commodities left out of this. Demand is going to be huge, and the resources are limited.”

Quarles added that those who did not qualify or were confused by the original CFAP should know that CFAP 2 is a much simplified program.

“It’s about as simple a process as you’re going to get,” Quarles said. “There is real value here and we want everyone to have a fair shot at this.”

The application period is open until Dec. 11, but NPC leaders stressed that potato growers shouldn’t wait.

“Given the scope of this new program, NPC strongly encourages interested producers to apply as early as possible,” added RJ Andrus, NPC Vice President of Government and Legislative Affairs.

CFAP 2 resources, forms and assistance information, as well as a database of FSA locations, is available here.

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