April 26, 2021

Additional USDA Pandemic Assistance Available to Alfalfa Farmers
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Additional USDA Pandemic Assistance Available to Alfalfa Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. USDA is dedicating $6.5 billion in funding to reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs, with a specific focus on strengthening outreach to underserved producers and communities and small and medium agricultural operations. The original application period for CFAP 2 ended Dec. 11, 2020. However, USDA reopened CFAP 2 signup beginning April 5, 2021, for at least 60 days. A signup deadline will be announced at a later date.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides Additional CFAP 2 Assistance for producers of price-trigger and flat rate crops. This payment is equal to the eligible acres of the crop multiplied by a payment rate of $20 per eligible acre. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible producers based on the eligible acres included on their CFAP 2 applications. Eligible producers who have already applied for CFAP 2 do not need to submit a new application to receive this payment.

Alfalfa falls under the "Flat-rate crops" designation. Flat-rate crops include crops that either do not meet the 5% price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change. Flat-rate crops were eligible for a payment of $15/acre in CFAP 2 for all acres certified to that commodity for 2020. Flat rate crops are now eligible for an additional payment of $20/acre under this additional assistance.

Here are a few important highlights regarding the additional assistance:

  • Sign-up will remain open for at least 60 days from April 5.
  • Farmers who have already applied for funding under CFAP 2 do not need to sign up again. Payments will be issued automatically.
  • Farmers are eligible for an additional payment equal to $20/acre.

Additional information, including a list of frequently asked questions and an eligible commodities list can be found by visiting farmers.gov/cfap.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • Joint XXIV International Grassland/XI Rangeland Congress
    Sunday-Friday, October 23-29, 2021
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Assn. Winter Seed Conf.
    Sunday-Tuesday, January 23-25, 2022
    Golden Nugget Hotel
    Las Vegas, NV

  • 2022 World Alfalfa Congress
    (Rescheduled from 2021)
    Monday-Thursday, November 14-17, 2022
    Town and Country Hotel
    San Diego, CA

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Alforex Seeds
America's Alfalfa
Bayer Crop Science
CROPLAN By Winfield United

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W-L Alfalfas
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Alfalfa Partners - a brand of S&W Seed Co.
California Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board
Idaho Alfalfa & Clover Seed Commission
John Deere
Summit Seed Coatings
Western Ag Enterprises

SILVER - $1,500 - $4,999
California Alfalfa & Forage Association
Idaho Hay & Forage Association
JR Simplot
Kansas Forage & Grassland Council
Midwest Forage Association
Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee
Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association
Nelson Irrigation Corporation
Nevada Alfalfa Seed Commission
Utah Farm Bureau Hay Committee
Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission  
Washington State Hay Growers Association

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Harvest Tec
HayDay Farms
Jones Twine & Net Wrap
Jordan Ag Supply
Michigan Forage Council
New Mexico Hay Association
Oregon Hay & Forage Association
San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association
Wyoming Alfalfa Seed Growers Association
National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance - 4630 Churchill St #1 - St. Paul, MN 55126
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