CFAP 2 Deadline
Colorado agriculture producers have one more month to get applications in for relief through the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture, and more.
Some Colorado growers and ranchers are eligible in the second round that were not in the first CFAP rollout.
The inclusion of Colorado wheat could potentially inject $28.5 million* into the Colorado wheat economy, according to National Agriculture Statistics Service.
Specialty crops grown in Colorado are also included in the assistance program. Those include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, nursery and greenhouse production, and sod.
The USDA announced that bison producers are also eligible for relief under the second round of the CFAP payments which will total 14 billion dollars.
At the outset, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the financial aid is important to keep America’s food supply healthy.
Perdue: “You’ve heard me say that the food supply chain has been resilient while having to adapt very quickly. When food that used to go to the restaurants now has to restaurants. When you think about the fact that about half of our calories are consumed outside the home. That’s been a dramatic shift in our consumption patterns and the misalignment of production and supply.”
The deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11
Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Representative Ken Buck, sent letters to Agriculture Secretary Perdue asking for the additions after the first round of payments included only the hard red spring and durum wheat classes which is roughly 30% of wheat growers in the United States.
Hard winter wheat (red and white) is the dominant class of wheat produced in Colorado, accounting for more than 95 percent of the total according to the Wheat Growers Association.