Are you a farmer or rancher in Stephens County whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to the pandemic. Signup for this program is underway now and well be accepted through August 28, 2020. If you are interested in this program it is important to act quickly and call the Gainesville Farm Service Agency office at 770 536-0549 and get the application process started.
For beef cattle producers the program is based off of two sets of dates and a classification system. The first set of dates is January 15th-April 15th. For this set of dates you will need to provide the number of cattle you sold and their weights. Payment will be calculated off of the following classification system: Feeder Cattle (<600 lbs.), Feeder Cattle (> 600 lbs.), Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle, Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle (cull), All Other Cattle (not including livestock used, or intended for, dairy production). The second set of dates is April 16th- May 14th. For this set of dates you will report the highest number of cattle you had at any point during these dates using the classification above. This program will be self-certified aka “the honor system” for now. However it is important to keep records and receipts of sales any cattle you sold during the January 15th-April 15th timeframe and keep up with any especially larger sales after May 14th due to the chance of potential audit from the USDA. The program also covers hog and sheep under a separate classification system.
If your interested in the CFAP program it is important to call your local FSA as soon as possible to get the process started.