Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, June 10, 2020.


Copyright 2020 University of Nebraska


On April 17, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), a new program to assist producers and consumers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (USDA 2020b). CFAP will provide $19 billion in relief to producers and entities throughout the supply chain. This will be done through two programs, Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers ($16 billion) and USDA Purchase and Distribution ($3 billion) (USDA 2020a). Producers will be paid on actual losses due to decreases in prices and/or disruption of supply chains. On May 19, 2020 USDA announced the details of the CFAP. There are three support payments for producers affected by the pandemic: euthanasia and disposal support1, support from the CARES Act, and support from Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) payments.