Help for Farmers Impacted by COVID-19
Farmers who have lost income due to COVID-19 will be able to apply for financial assistance under the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The signup period began May 26th. More information can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
This is the federal program designed to reimburse farmers and ranchers who experienced at least a 5% financial loss due to Coronavirus.
- Specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, nuts, other). For more information for this category visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/specialty
- Cattle, hogs, and sheep(lambs and yearlings only). For more information on the livestock category visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/livestock
- Non-specialty crops (barley, canola, corn, cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, wheat, etc.). For more information for this category visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/non-specialty
Other eligibility criteria:
- To be eligible for payments, a person or legal entity must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. However, if 75 percent of adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry, the AGI limit of $900,000 does not apply.
- Additional detailed eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
When to Apply:
- Application period begins May 26, 2020
How to Apply:
- Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications. Applications will be submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing, or faxing.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) office that serves Hillsborough County is in Plant City.
FSA SERVICE CENTER OFFICE
201 S COLLINS ST STE 201
PLANT CITY, FL 33563
(813) 752-1474 ext 2