The Pandemic Assistance for Producers plan from USDA includes cattle top-up payments for ranchers who sold into a depressed market after the first Coronavirus Food Assistance Program deadline of April 15. These payment rates vary depending on the class of cattle and was included in the year-end legislation passed in December 2020. Eligible livestock producers will automatically receive these funds, estimated to total $1.1 billion. It also includes assistance for crop farmers. Crops under the price trigger and flat-rate categories from CFAP 2 will receive $20 per acre for a total of $4.5 billion. Some of the eligible crops include alfalfa, barley, canola, corn, flax, hemp, oats, rye, soybeans, sugarbeets, sunflowers and all classes of wheat. The Farm Service Agency will automatically issue these payments to eligible acres reported in CFAP 2 applications. Get more information on eligible commodities here.
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