More Specialty Crops Covered By CFAP
An additional 42 specialty crops have been deemed eligible for payments from the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce explains that the USDA didn’t have information at the time they launched their $16 billion relief program to include these crops at first.
The additional information allowed the USDA to add crops, ranging from blueberries and beats to peas and several spices. Fordyce says discussions surrounding more specialty crops continue.
As of Monday, the USDA has approved over 6,200 applications for payments to specialty crops, totaling $227.5 million. Almond growers have received the most thus far at $49.1 million, followed by strawberries at almost $25 million. 25 applications for Missouri specialty crop farmers have been approved for payments, totaling $150,000.