USDA offering a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Barnesville Enterprise

Livestock producers can still apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to producers to offset the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

This program covers many agricultural commodities including dairy, grains, livestock and many specialty crops. Eligible livestock include sheep, cattle and hogs.

Livestock payments are broken down into two parts, sales and inventory. For the sales payments, livestock must have been sold between Jan 15, 2020 and April 15, 2020. The livestock inventory payment is based on your highest level of inventory between April 16, 2020 through May 14, 2020. This is a flat payment per head for your eligible livestock. Livestock acquired or born after May 14, 2020 are not eligible for payment. Cattle payments are broken down into five weight classes, swine into two classes and sheep of all ages.

Grain payments are calculated using stocks still on hand as of Jan 15, 2020. Grain used as feedstock in different forms (silage, ear corn etc.) is still eligible for these payments. You will need to know your 2019 total production and what you still had on hand Jan 15, 2020 when applying. Documentation to support a producer’s application and certification may be requested after the application is filed.

Applications can be added to account for newly approved commodities that were not eligible for payments earlier in the program. This includes sheep of all ages now in addition to lambs less than two years of age.

Applying for Assistance

Producers of all eligible commodities will apply through their local FSA office. Local offices for Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties are:

Guernsey/Noble FSA office at 1300 Clark Street, Cambridge, OH 43725; 740- 432-5621 or 800-367-5762.

Belmont/Monroe FSA office at 1119 E. Main St., Barnesville, OH 43713; 740-425-2300 or 800-818-7645.

Applications can be taken over the phone, in person by appointment or forms and a payment calculator are also available online at farmers.gov/cfap. Those who use the online calculator tool will be able to print off a pre-filled CFAP application and other forms, sign, and submit to your local FSA office electronically or via hand delivery. Contact either the Cambridge or Barnesville FSA office for further information. Forms returned by mail should be sent to the Cambridge office regardless of county.