Last December Congress passed and President Trump signed into law another Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP 3. When President Biden took office the CFAP 3 was put on hold while the new administration reviewed the program. There were many farmers that wondered how the USDA could put the CFAP 3 on hold because it was a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

This week the USDA announced that the CFAP 3 program now called the Pandemic Assistance for Producers (PAP) will be made to crop producers in April. Crop producers will receive $20 an acre for price trigger crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, sorghum, sunflowers and cotton. Flat rate crops will also be paid $20 which include sugar beets, sweet corn, peas as wells as 230 fruit and vegetable crops. There will also be some additional payments for cattle producers.

The USDA is still reviewing additional payments for hog producers and contract growers. As I understand it crop farmers do not need to sign up for the CFAP 3 or PAP payments and they will be direct deposited into your bank account.

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