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USDA Announces More COVID Assistance for Pork Industry
USAgNet - 01/18/2021

On Friday, USDA unveiled additional assistance to certain pork producers and contract growers as part of the first two rounds of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The direct final rule is effective Tuesday, Jan. 19. As part of CFAP 1, additional payments are provided for hog and pig inventory owned between April 16, 2020-May 14, 2020, based on a rate of $17 per head. This results in a total CFAP payment rate of $34 per head.

Eligible producers do not need to submit a new application or take any action. As part of CFAP 2, for eligible contract pork producers, payments will be designed to cover 80 percent of their pandemic-related revenue losses.

A $250,000 payment limitation remain in effect for each round of CFAP. CFAP sign-ups begin Jan. 19, through Feb. 26.

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