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CFAP 2 Has Been a Big Help For Cow/Calf Prodcuers, Says NCBA's Ethan LaneTue, 20 Oct 2020 08:29:11 CDT
The second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments has been a good boost for cow/calf producers, said Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of government affairs.
Lane recently visited with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the impact of CFAP 2 on cattle producers.
The first round of CFAP was rolled out in the spring and it was the first sign of direct assistance for cattle producers during the pandemic.
It was especially helpful for those who sold cattle before April 15, the arbitrary cutoff date assigned by the USDA, but for those selling cattle after April 15, the payments were not as helpful.
The way they structured that program in the first CFAP was too tight with low limits, Lane said.
Lane said CFAP 2 does “get us way down the road” for cow/calf producers.
Our damage estimate put together in the spring showed about a $13.6 billion economic impact from the COVID to the cattle industry, he said.
The cow/calf sector was the hardest hit due to the year around nature of the business with an estimated average damage of $111 per head, Lane said.
Without a salve for the wound the damage estimate would likely expand to $247 per head in 2021, Lane said.
Between the two rounds of CFAP, producers are getting about $110.
That’s good news for our cow/calf producers, he said.
However, the USDA still has not solved the April 15 donut hole for stockers and feeders who sold cattle at the height of the pandemic after April 15.
They’ve been left holding the bag, Lane said.
We’re going to continue to work on more options for them, Lane said.
Overall, the NCBA staffer said the CFAP is getting more money to producers who have had to alter their business model due to coronavirus pandemic.
If producers have yet done so, now is a good time to calculate which date is most advantageous for your individual operation
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