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How to apply for new CFAP program - what grain and livestock producers need to know

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened up applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which offers producers of many commodities payments if they experienced a price decrease between set dates in January and April, or were unable to market their crops or livestock. For farmers and ranchers who haven’t yet looked into whether the program will be helpful to their operation, here are a few things to know.

Building on-farm resiliency reduces stress in our changing climate

Planting and emergence progress for both corn and soybeans are currently ahead of the five-year average across the Midwest. 

But, still fresh in farmers’ minds is the 2019 planting season, which was severely delayed due to record-breaking precipitation that led to flooded fields and excess soil moisture. 

According to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), on June 2, 2019, corn-producing states had completed only 67 percent of planting. In addition, NASS reported the soybean-producing states had only completed 39 percent. This was compared to 96 percent for corn and 79 percent for soybeans, on average.

Agriculture is more than a business for first-year farmer

Though growing up in Lomé, the capital of Togo, West Africa, meant farm life was unfamiliar to Irene Atayi, it didn’t stop her from developing a love of growing plants.

As a child, she gained experience year by year while helping her mother in the garden by building beds, planting, and harvesting. After Irene got her own place, she started container gardening on her patio and also set up a hydroponic system indoors.

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