After reviewing existing COVID-19 relief, USDA will take a new approach for distributing additional assistance to farmers and ranchers called Pandemic Assistance for Producers. USDA will rewrite rules for this relief, placing a larger emphasis on small and socially disadvantaged farm operations, specialty crop and organic producers and support for the food supply chain and renewable fuels. The existing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will fall within this new initiative and parts of CFAP may be refined to address farmer needs. USDA will reopen CFAP 2 sign-up for 60 days starting on April 5. Read more.
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