Farmers, as of Tuesday, are able to enroll for the direct payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP funded by Congress and implemented by USDA. The National Milk Producers Federation says all producers should use the program which will provide necessary aid in the coming weeks and months.
Under the program, dairy producers are eligible for the following payments:
Milk Production: $6.20/cwt. for a farm’s total first quarter milk production (including dumped and over-base milk)
Cull Cows: $135/head. Cull cows fall into the all other cattle category in the livestock section of the CFAP program. They must have been sold from January 15 – April 15 to qualify for a payment
Steers: $135/head. Dairy steers fall into the feeder cattle under 600 lb. category. To qualify for a payment, they must have been sold from January 15 – April 15, or have been in inventory from April 16 – May 15=4.
Feed Crops: It’s unclear whether or not feed inventory qualifies for a payment. Check with your local FSA officer for more information.
Don’t forget dairy producers who operate under a corporation are eligible for $250,000 of aid per eligible shareholder, up to $750,000.
Producers should contact their local FSA offices to schedule an appointment. You can also access the appropriate forms and apply online at www.farmers.gov/cfap.
“The sooner a farmer signs up, the sooner this welcome assistance will arrive,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “NMPF is ready to help dairy producers, answering questions and offering materials online even as we continue working with USDA and members of Congress to smooth out details and discuss additional aid.”
For more information and to have additional questions answered, visit our CFAP Frequently Asked Questions article here.