USDA officials extended the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) to contract turkey growers. Farmers who experienced pandemic-related revenue losses in 2020 are now eligible to apply for payments from the program.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone,” said Sarah Anderson, executive director for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. “This aid from federal officials, however, will help our contract turkey farmers weather the challenges brought on my COVID-19.”
Contract turkey growers and other contract producers who suffered a drop in revenue in 2020 compared to 2019 will now be eligible for aid. The pandemic forced many turkey farmers to make tough choices resulting in significant losses.
Under the program, eligible contract growers could receive up to 80 percent of their revenue losses from January 1 - December 27, 2020, compared to the same timeframe in 2019. For more information on how to qualify, go to www.farmers.gov/cfap. Independent turkey growers were previously deemed eligible for CFAP-2 aid in September.
The application period is currently open and runs through Feb. 26. Eligible growers should contact their local USDA Service Center or visit www.farmers.gov/cfap for more information on how to apply. One-on-one support with applications is also available by calling 877-508-8364.