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USDA Expands Pandemic Grower Relief to Horticulture

Wednesday, August 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, August 11, USDA announced expanded eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The program, funded through the CARES Act and the Commodity Credit Corporation, provides direct assistance payments to eligible commodities for which significant losses occurred due to pandemic-related market disruption.

Most nursery and floriculture crops are now eligible for relief. The nursery crop definition does appear to be limited to container plants. PLNA is working with AmericanHort to clarify, but it is possible that USDA decided most field-grown stock is less perishable, allowing for sales to be delayed but not necessarily lost. USDA also extended the application deadline to September 11. Application is through your local Farm Service Agency office; details can be found at  farmers.gov/cfap . Nursery-specific details are at farmers.gov/cfap/nursery .

For nursery and floral crops, relief payments may cover two types of losses:

  • For nursery crop and cut flower inventory that was shipped but subsequently spoiled or is unpaid due to loss of marketing channels between January 15, 2020, and April 15, 2020, the wholesale value of the inventory that was shipped that spoiled or is unpaid, multiplied by 15.55 percent; and,
  • For nursery crop and cut flower inventory that did not leave the farm between January 15, 2020, and April 15, 2020, due to a complete loss of marketing channel, the wholesale value of the inventory ready for sale that did not leave the farm by April 15, 2020, and that will not be sold due to lack of markets, multiplied by 13.45 percent.

Nursery crop and cut flower inventory that may be sold after April 15, 2020, are not eligible for CFAP. Note also that there are overall payment limits, and entities deriving income from non-agricultural sources may have other eligibility limits.

AmericanHort is holding a webinar to review the details of this new program on Monday August 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm.. Follow this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7415973332010/WN_7H7hTe8uSgewyVuNmd_N1g.

In addition, USDA is holding a webinar on Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Follow this link to register: https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1356504&tp_key=5bcbf3074f&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

PLNA extends its thanks and appreciation to our colleagues at AmericanHort for their tireless efforts on behalf of our industry to secure this funding.


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