USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 (CFAP 1) to include all barley as an eligible commodity. Previously, only malting barley was considered eligible for CFAP 1. Price risk as of January 15, 2020 is still a requirement for CFAP 1, so barley under contract with a set price as of January 15 remains ineligible. While signup closed for CFAP 1 on September 11th, producers of barley still have options when it comes to applying for assistance.

If a producer submitted a CFAP 1 application for barley (other than malting), and the application was disapproved, the producer must submit a new CFAP application (AD-3114). Applications received after the September 11 deadline are subject to late-file provisions. This means the producer can still submit the CFAP 1 application along with a written explanation with reasons for the late filing to the local FSA county office for review and action for the local county committee.

For producers who submitted an application and was paid for CFAP 1, but also has barley (other than malting) that is now considered eligible, the producer does not need to submit a new application. Rather, the producer should contact their FSA county office to amend the application.

Producers can also sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) which also covers all barley.  Price risk is not a requirement for CFAP 2.

For more information on CFAP 1, visit farmers.gov/cfap1.

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USDA Farm Service Agency

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