Coronavirus Relief Program for Texas Farmers, Ranchers, Producers now accepting applications

Starting Tuesday, Texas farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers can begin to apply for federal help due to losses suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The assistance will come from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

“Because of the pandemic and its forced closures, many of Texas’ agricultural producers have experienced a lapse in demand or added logistical challenges that have greatly affected their bottom line,” said U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

“Through legislation, Congress has delivered targeted relief for Texas farmers and ranchers needing a lifeline, and I’m pleased to announce that applications for that relief open today.”

CFAP will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to America’s farmers and ranchers, funded by the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities.

“The coronavirus has placed an unprecedented strain on commodity markets, the food supply chain and our producers’ ability to continue operating. It is the latest in a string of misfortunes that have kept the farm economy down for several years,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said in a statement following the USDA’s details announcement last week. “Texas Farm Bureau thanks the Trump administration and Congressional leaders for working diligently to provide critically-needed assistance for Texas farm and ranch families suffering through COVID-19

Agricultural producers who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price decline or who have losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face significant market costs may be eligible for this aid.