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USDA temporarily suspends payments under Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) website was updated last week, on January 27th, with a new message for producers: the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Additional Assistance payments will be halted until further notice.

The message stated, “In accordance with the White House memo, Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, USDA has suspended the processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Additional Assistance and has halted implementation until further notice. FSA local offices will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period.”

USDA has also temporarily suspended debt collections, foreclosures and other activities on farm loans.

According to their website, in the coming days USDA and the Biden Administration intend to take additional steps to bring relief and support to all parts of food and agriculture during the coronavirus pandemic, including by ensuring producers have access to the capital, risk management tools, disaster assistance, and other federal resources.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will continue to accept new or modified CFAP applications during this evaluation period from eligible producers through February 26, 2021.

For more information or to find a local service center, visit farmers.gov/cfap.

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