EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published on May 2, 2021 to include a recording of the webinar.
LINCOLN — A webinar on agricultural assistance available to producers through USDA programs was presented at noon on Thursday, May 6, 2021 by Nebraska Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency Nebraska State Office.
Farmers and ranchers may have heard of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative (PAP), the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). All have been in the news, but what do they mean for Nebraska’s producers?
The webinar provides an overview of each program and gives direction for farmers and ranchers regarding the current open application period for CFAP 2 at FSA offices across the state. It was presented by Brad Lubben, extension policy specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Cathy Anderson, production and compliance section chief with the Nebraska FSA State Office.
The webinar is part of a weekly series produced by the Farm and Ranch Management team in the university’s Department of Agricultural Economics.
Pandemic Assistance for Producers
The Farm Service Agency reopened signup for CFAP 2 on April 5, for a period of at least 60 days, to producers of commodities marketed in 2020 who faced disruptions due to COVID-19.
The American Rescue Plan includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances, as of Jan. 1, 2021, for FSA Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans debt relief to any socially disadvantaged producers with a qualifying loan from FSA.
More information about USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers is available at https://farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance.
— Nebraska Extension
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