USDA Funds More Covid Relief Aid for Farmers

Along with extending additional aid to farmers who did not receive any in the previous round, the package adds funding for many other programs, including organic certification.
Tom Vilsack. Photo: USDA
Mar. 31, 2021
Daniel Dawson

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The Farm Service Agency at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accept­ing new and mod­i­fied appli­ca­tions for the sec­ond install­ment of the coro­n­avirus food assis­tance pro­gram (CFAP2) on April 5.

The pan­demic affected all of agri­cul­ture, but many farm­ers did not ben­e­fit from pre­vi­ous rounds of pan­demic-related assis­tance.- Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary

CFAP2 orig­i­nally ran from September 21 through December 11, 2020, but the USDA has decided to reopen it and added $6.5 bil­lion of fund­ing to develop new pro­grams and mod­ify exist­ing ones.

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Olive grow­ers and olive oil pro­duc­ers are eli­gi­ble for the fund­ing and appli­ca­tions can be com­pleted through the farm­ers’ local USDA county office. No cut-off date for the appli­ca­tions has yet been announced, but the USDA said the pro­gram will remain open for at least 60 days.

Payments to olive farm­ers and olive oil pro­duc­ers will be based on self-cer­ti­fied sales for 2019 in a declin­ing block for­mat, with the max­i­mum pay­ment to any farm­ers or com­pany remain­ing at $250,000.

The pay­ment gra­da­tion for table olives and olive oil are as fol­lows:

2019 Sales Range
Percent Payment
$0 to $49,999
$50,000 to $99,000
$100,000 to $499,999
$500,000 to $999,999
Over $1 mil­lion

As a prac­ti­cal exam­ple, if an olive oil pro­ducer earned $75,000 in sales dur­ing the 2019 cal­en­dar year, their pay­ment would be $7,775. The pro­ducer would receive $5,300 for sales up to $49,999 and $2,475 for the rest of the sales from $50,000 to $75,000.

Along with direct pay­ments to farm­ers, the USDA will also pro­vide fund­ing for per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment for farm­work­ers, cover some costs for organic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, develop infra­struc­ture to pro­mote the dona­tion of per­ish­able foods and help reduce food waste, among var­i­ous other ini­tia­tives.

The pan­demic affected all of agri­cul­ture, but many farm­ers did not ben­e­fit from pre­vi­ous rounds of pan­demic-related assis­tance,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Our new USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers ini­tia­tive will help get finan­cial assis­tance to a broader set of pro­duc­ers, includ­ing to socially dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, small and medium-sized pro­duc­ers, and farm­ers and pro­duc­ers of less tra­di­tional crops,” he added.


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