May 26, 2020
Are you a livestock producer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap.
CFAP assistance is available to livestock producers who have an ownership interest in eligible livestock that have suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and face additional significant costs in marketing their inventories due to unexpected surplus and disrupted markets.
Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, hogs, and sheep. Specifically, eligible livestock are:
Pigs (< 120 lbs.)
Hogs (> 120 lbs.)
Feeder Cattle (<600 lbs.)
Feeder Cattle (> 600 lbs.)
Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle
Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle
All Other Cattle (not including livestock used, or intended for, dairy production).
Lambs and yearlings (less than 2 years of age)
CFAP Payments for Livestock
A single payment for livestock will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head.
Producers must provide the following information for CFAP:
Total sales of eligible livestock, by species and class, between January 15, 2020, to April 15, 2020, of owned inventory as of January 15, 2020, including any offspring from that inventory; and
highest inventory of eligible livestock, by species and class, between April 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020.
The following table lists eligible livestock and payment rates for CFAP.
Livestock Eligible Livestock Unit of Measure CARES Act Part 1 Payment Rate CCC Part 2 Payment Rate
Cattle Feeder Cattle: Less than 600 Pounds Head $102.00 $33.00
Feeder Cattle: 600 Pounds or More Head $139.00 $33.00
Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle Head $214.00 $33.00
Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle Head $92.00 $33.00
All Other Cattle Head $102.00 $33.00
Hogs and Pigs Pigs: Less than 120 Pounds Head $28.00 $17.00
Hogs: 120 Pounds or More Head $18.00 $17.00
Lambs and Yearlings All Sheep Less than 2 Years Old Head $33.00 $7.00
Additional information for livestock producers is available in our fact sheet, Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Livestock Producers.
Additional CFAP Information
Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications.
USDA is also establishing a process for the public to identify additional commodities for potential inclusion in the program. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for additional information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, other eligible commodities, CFAP eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and how to apply.
Find Your Local Service Center
We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, they are only available for phone appointments at this time. While access is restricted to the buildings, our services are still available via phone appointment or online. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county to ﬁnd your local service center and agency offices.