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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 22, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Michigan, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website or the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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Description of Program and Relief

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (MI)

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5% or greater price decline or losses from market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs.

Producers should apply through their local Farm Service Agency Service Center.

Government or Lead Agency

United States Department of Agriculture

Dates Available

Effective May 26, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Eligible producers (person or legal entity) of specified agricultural commodities outlined below who have suffered a 5% or greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or who face substantial marketing costs for inventories, are eligible for CFAP payments.

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 their adjusted gross income comes from farming, ranching, or forestry, the AGI limit of $900,000 does not apply.

Persons and legal entities also must:

  • Comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions;

  • If a foreign person, provide land, capital, and a substantial amount of active personal labor to the farming operation; and

  • Not have a controlled substance violation.

CFAP payments are subject to a per person and legal entity payment limitation of $250,000. This limitation applies to the total amount of CFAP payments made with respect to all eligible commodities.

Unlike other FSA programs, special payment limitation rules will be applied to participants that are corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships (corporate entities). These corporate entities may receive up to $750,000 based upon the number of shareholders (not to exceed three shareholders) who contribute at least 400 hours of active person management or personal active labor.

For a corporate entity:

  • With one such shareholder the payment limit for the entity is $250,000;

  • With two such shareholders, the payment limit for the entity is $500,000 if at least two members contribute substantial labor or management with respect to the operation of the corporate entity; and

  • With three such shareholders, the limit is $750,000 if at least three members contribute substantial labor or management with respect to the operation of the corporate entity.

Eligible commodities include:

  • Non-specialty Crops: malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat

  • Wool

  • Livestock: cattle, hogs, and sheep (lambs and yearlings only)

  • Dairy

  • Specialty Crops

  • Fruits: apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelons

  • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, dry onions, green onions, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, taro

  • Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts

  • Other: beans, mushrooms

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

List of Additional Information

For additional information, please visit this webpage.


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