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Second Round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Bison Producers Get Another Opportunity for CFAP Relief

The National Bison Association welcomed the news that bison producers will be eligible for another round of sign-up under the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2),after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it was reopening sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the reopening of CFAP-2 as a part of as new initiative--USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers--which is designed to reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs.

The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others. Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.

USDA is dedicating $6 billion to develop new programs or modify existing proposals that were included as discretionary funding in the end-of-year COVID-19 stimulus package. USDA is making modifications to direct support payments to account for price differentiation among commodities, including costs for organic certification or to continue or add conservation activities.

Bison producers can access information on the potential payment rate and application process here:

A full report on the new USDA initiative is listed later in this Weekly Update.

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