Within President Biden’s first week in office, his administration issued a regulatory freeze that included a temporary pause on processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2).
While this review is causing delays in agency operation, it is important to note that this does not cancel the program. Eligible farmers can still sign up for the CFAP 2 funding. This application cycle is especially important for contract growers that were included in the second round of CFAP payments. Farmers who raise animals under a contract for another entity that owns those animals could not participate in CFAP 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has clarified that contract producers of broilers, turkey, chicken eggs, laying hens, and hog who suffered a drop in revenue are eligible to apply.
Newly eligible producers who need to submit a new application or producers who need to modify an existing one must do so by February 26. More information regarding the program and how to apply can be found here.