The Biden administration is waiting to review the rules and eligibility criteria of the third Coronavirus Food Assistance Program before distributing payments to farmers. Once Ag Secretary Nominee Tom Vilsack is confirmed and reviews the program, the Russell Group President Randy Russell said CFAP3 payments will likely be distributed. The Senate is scheduled to vote Vilsack’s confirmation Tuesday, February 23. Congress was more prescriptive in how the CFAP 3 money should be spent: there are direct payments. “A big one is a $20 per acre payment for farmers, which should make it much easier for the FSA to get payments out in a timely manner,” said Russell. “I suspect farmers will see payments go out in March.” In most cases, if farmers have already applied for CFAP, no additional application will be required to receive CFAP 3 payments.
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