Applications for participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) are being accepted from agricultural producers in North Carolina.

CFAP provides financial aid to producers of agricultural commodities who suffered at least a 5% price decline or had losses from market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional marketing costs, stated a press release.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications through Aug. 28.

Applications can be submitted through an online portal at farmers.gov/cfap, which outlines options for signing and submitting CFAP applications to meet business needs of individual producers.

Producers can also find an application generator and payment calculator to help identify sales and inventory records needed to apply and calculate potential payments.

Through the portal, producers with secure USDA login credentials (called eAuthentication) can certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to a local.

Producers without an eAuthentication account can learn more and begin the enrollment process at farmers.gov/sign-in. The digital application is only available to sole proprietors or single-member business entities.

Producers can also complete and transmit digitally signed applications through two commercially available tools: Box and OneSpan. Those interested in digitally signing their applications should notify a local FSA office.

One-on-one support with the CFAP application process is available at a local FSA office or by calling 877-508-8364. The number for the FSA office in the Wilkes Agricultural Center in Wilkesboro is 336-838-3622.

More information about the CFAP application process is also at farmers.gov/mydocs.

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