By Chris Clayton
DTN Ag Policy Editor
DTN Political Correspondent
GLENWOOD, Iowa (DTN) — USDA is set to begin accepting applications Tuesday from crop growers and livestock producers for $16 billion in aid under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
Cattle producers who typically do not receive direct federal aid have had more questions about enrolling in the program. Leadership from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association held a question-and-answer session Friday evening on Facebook to discuss the CFAP and some of the shortfalls in the program for cattle producers.
“It definitely falls short and leaves us scratching our heads why things are the way they are,” said Justin Tupper, USCA’s vice president and a South Dakota cattle producer.
County FSA offices are open by phone-call appointment only due to the coronavirus pandemic, but application forms are supposed to be available online “once signup begins,” USDA said in a news release last week.