USDA Providing Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers Impacted by Coronavirus
Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began September 21st and will run through December 11, 2020. USDA will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers.
Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at Allegany County's Farm Service Agency (FSA) field office located at 12407 Naves Cross Road, Cumberland. The office is open by appointment only. Call Connie Stemple at 301-501-5885 or 240-609-3495 or Annetta Enlow at 301-501-5859 or 240-609-3492 to schedule an appointment. Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.
Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Documentation to support the producer's application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply. For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with the Allegany FSA office to see if any of the forms need to be updated.
Maryland Coronavirus Food Assistance (CFAP 1) Bonus Payment
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will issue a bonus payment to Maryland farmers based on a percentage (15%) of federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 (CFAP 1) funds received for the CFAP 1 period that ended September 11, 2020.
CFAP 1 provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5% or greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions from COVID-19, and face additional significant marketing costs. The commodities covered are: aquaculture (finfish and crayfish), corn, cut flowers, dairy, livestock (excluding poultry), nursery, small grains, soybeans and specialty crops. Here is the link for more information and to apply: https://onestop.md.gov/forms/maryland-cares-act-cfap1-bonus or click the button below for instructions and the application.
Instructions and Application
Allegany County Land Preservation Programs
Click icon for more information regarding: Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF); Maryland Environmental Trust (MET); and Mountain Ridge Rural Legacy Programs or contact Siera Wigfield, Program Administrator at 301-876-9563 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.