WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program through an online portal.
The program is said to help offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The FSA is also leveraging commercial document storage and e-signature solutions to enable producers to work with local service center staff to complete their applications from home.
Through the portal, producers with secure USDA login credentials can certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center. Producers who do not have an account can learn more and begin the enrollment process at farmers.gov/sign-in. A release says currently, the digital application is only available to sole proprietors or single-member business entities.
USDA has several other options for producers to complete and submit their CFAP applications. These include:
1. Downloading the AD-3114 application form from farmers.gov/cfap and manually completing the form to submit to the local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically or by hand delivery to an office drop box. In some limited cases, the office may be open for in-person business by appointment. Visit farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status to check the status of your local office.
2. Completing the application form using our CFAP Application Generator and Payment Calculator found at farmers.gov/cfap. This Excel workbook allows customers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, and then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center.
More information can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.