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USDA is dedicated to reaching a broad set of producers and agricultural businesses through our Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Visit this page frequently for the latest updates on this critical initiative.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency offer resources and program flexibilities to support producers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
For information on USDA-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit USDA’s coronavirus response page.
The Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP) will assist eligible producers of agricultural commodities who experienced revenue decreases in calendar year 2020 compared to 2018 or 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PARP will help address gaps in previous pandemic assistance, which was targeted at price loss or lack of market access, rather than overall revenue losses. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept PARP applications from January 23, 2023, through June 2, 2023. Additional information is available at farmers.gov/coronavirus/pandemic-assistance/parp.
The Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. Enrollment for calendar year 2022 closed January 31, 2023. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept FSCSC applications for calendar year 2023 from February 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024. Additional information is available at farmers.gov/fscsc
Since USDA rolled out the Pandemic Assistance initiative in March 2021, the Department has announced assistance to producers and agriculture entities through the following programs:
The Commodity Container Assistance Program (CCAP) provided per-container payments at eligible ports to help cover additional logistics costs and ensure that American-grown commodities could once again move efficiently through supply chains to global markets. Applications were accepted between March 1, 2022 and Jan 31, 2023.
The Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) provided pandemic assistance to cover eligible certification and education expenses for agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic. Applications for the 2022 signup for OTECP and the Organic Certification Cost Share Program were both due October 31, 2022.
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