Producers across the United States benefited from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 1.0 and CFAP 2.0 programs aimed at providing assistance for losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP 1.0 provided more than $10 billion in payments on over 600,000 applications. CFAP 2.0 provided almost $14 billion in payments along with top-up payments for acreage based commodities totaling another $4.8 billion from over 900,000 approved applications.
CFAP 2.0 provided broader coverage than the CFAP 1.0 program that limited eligibility to only those crops experiencing a 5 percent decline while focusing on unsold inventories from 2019, left out HRW wheat, and only protected livestock inventories on the farm as of January 15th, 2020.
CFAP 2.0 was widely accessed by producers across the South with the 13 southern states accounting for $3.7 billion or nearly 27 percent of the payments. Soybeans, cattle, and sales commodities were the highest commodity categories in four states each, while corn was the highest in Kentucky. Sales commodities include specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture, and other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate payment categories.