USDA offers COVID assistance to farmers

USDA offers COVID assistance to farmersFarmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 28.

USDA now has the application form and a payment calculator available online ( And they have a call center (877-508-8364) set up to help with questions.

“USDA knows producers are facing a tough time now, and they are making every effort to provide much needed support as quickly as possible,” said a spokesperson.

Producers of all eligible commodities can apply through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office (5000 California Ave Suite 100. Bakersfield, Phone: 661-336-0967).

FSA is available over the phone and virtually to walk you through the application process, whether it’s the first time you’ve worked with them or if you know them quite well.

Story First Published: 2020-07-31