CFAP Q&A with Jon Wyss
Jon Wyss has had an accomplished career and is a long-time friend of farmers and ranchers. He is currently the State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). We appreciated Jon
fitting us in to his packed schedule.
Q: When does CFAP sign up start and end?
Sign-up period for CFAP
May 26, 2020 – August 28, 2020
Q. Do all livestock producers need to apply through the Farm Service Agency?
To be eligible for a CFAP payment, a producer must have had a share in the eligible commodity on January 15, 2020; and/or April 16th through May 14th, 2020 and all applications go to the Farm Service Agency
Q: Is there an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limit to participate in CFAP?
Adjusted Gross Income
• $900,000 Average AGI
• Unless 75 percent of AGI is derived from farming
Q. What commodities and livestock are eligible?
• Livestock owned on Jan. 15 and sold between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2020
• Offspring born from that Jan. 15 inventory
• Livestock inventory owned between April 16 and May 14, 2020
• Livestock that are no longer used for dairy production and have entered the beef cattle market
Q: Can a producer get assistance if he/she didn’t sell calves between January and April?
Q: Are animals that have been depopulated because of the impact of COVID-19 on processing facilities included in CFAP?
• Livestock used for dairy production or intended for dairy production
• Livestock purchased after Jan. 15, 2020 and sold on or before April 15, 2020
• Livestock subject to an agreed upon price in the future through a forward contract, agreement, or similar binding document as of Jan. 15, 2020
Q: What are the payment limits for CFAP?
• In general, the total amount of CFAP payments that a person or legal entity (excluding general partnerships and joint ventures) may receive is $250,000.
• Payments to a joint operation, including a general partnership or joint venture, cannot exceed $250,000 per person or legal entity that comprise first level ownership of the general partnership or legal entity, unless the first level member is another joint operation.
Q. What can I do now to prepare to apply for CFAP?
Go to www.farmers.gov/cfap and you will find all the documents you need to prepare for your application, OR go to your local FSA office if you don’t have internet access.
Cattle producers should also have the following sales and inventory information as required from livestock producers, as applicable:
• Owned inventory of eligible livestock as of Jan. 15 and any offspring from that inventory, that were subject to price risk and sold between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2020
• Highest owned inventory of eligible livestock that were subject to price risk between April 16 and May 14, 2020