PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is inviting Rhode Island farmers and food producers to participate in a webinar on Thursday, May 14 to learn how to apply for direct payments through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
The webinar will be hosted jointly by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency and will offer guidance to farmers and others interested in applying for direct support through CFAP. USDA is hosting this webinar to provide information on required forms and other documentation in advance of the open application period. Specialty crop producers who are new to the USDA direct payment process are especially encouraged to participate. The details of the direct payment program process will be announced soon. A recording of webinar will also be posted on farmers.gov/CFAP and the AMS website.
WHAT: USDA Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Assistance Program
WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2020 ? 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Register at: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_SPWI7yOFSqaGG1JKzhEbjA
Advance registration is suggested. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants are encouraged to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing CFAP.email@example.com. Questions will not be answered live during the webinar but will be answered after the event and posted at farmers.gov/CFAP [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] along with a recording of the webinar and other CFAP information.
As part of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.