USDA food assistance program deadline extended, commodities added

Staff Writer
Boonville Daily News
Boonville Daily News

The United States Department of Agriculture has added additional commodities and extended the application deadline to Sept. 11 for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

“President Trump is standing with America’s farmers and ranchers to ensure they get through this pandemic and continue to produce enough food and fiber to feed America and the world,” USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a news release. “That is why he authorized this $16 billion of direct support in the CFAP program and today we are plesed to add additional commodities to receive much needed assistance.

Certain specialty crops, nonspeciality crops and livestock, aquaculture and nursery crops and flowers now are eligible for the assistance program.

More information on the program and how to apply are available through the CFAP website. Funds will be distributed through the USDA Farm Service Agency. Those who have not previously worked with the agency are recommended to call 1-877-508-8364 to begin their application process.