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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.

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.

What happens to my farm data?

Climbing into the combine, I am met with a dashboard of dusty screens and controls. The beeps and notifications remind me data is being recorded as I collect crops.

As the combine moves along, I keep an eye on the yields and variations in quadrants. Small farmers who work the land themselves see everything with their own eyes.

Technology and software have advanced, and farmers who once had to estimate their yields now have the tools to provide more precise totals, which can improve margins and help manage inputs.

But, farmers aren’t the only ones who benefit.

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