• Paul Goeringer

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Resources are Now Available

Updated: Jul 12


Farmland in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program.


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USDA has recently announced a new program to provide assistance to growers and livestock producers who aced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. The new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will begin to signup on May 26 and close on August 28th. See https://www.farmers.gov/cfap from USDA.


CFAP will provide support to eligible livestock, wool, dairy, non-specialty crop, and specialty crop producers. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the University of Maryland Extension has developed resources to assist growers to better understand CFAP. The following resources have been developed:

  1. Beef Producers Infographic from UME is available here.

  2. Dairy and Beef Producers: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): What Dairy and Beef Producers Need to Know, Sarah B. Potts, University of Maryland Extension, 2020.

  3. Dairy Producers Infographic from UME is available here.

  4. General overview: New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program May Provide Relief to Maryland Growers Due to COVID-19 Losses, Paul Goeringer, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2020.

  5. Grain Infographic from UME is available here.

Make sure you schedule an appointment with your county FSA office or fill out the online application before the end of the signup period.

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