BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on President Trump and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announcing the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) payments today:
“America’s farmers and ranchers are patriots who feed, fuel, and clothe the world. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Perdue for listening to their feedback and protecting them as we reopen and demand for their products returns. North Dakota’s producers should familiarize themselves with the details of today’s announcement and be ready to apply as needed.”
“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”
Senator Cramer worked with the Trump Administration to increase relief payment limits on the first round of CFAP payments, urged them to includebison after they were excluded in the first round, and called for additional assistance for cattle producers.
Signup for CFAP 2 will begin Monday, September 21, and run through December 11.
USDA will use funds available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act. Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.