The second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has been reopened for all eligible producers. Maine farmers who did not apply for a CFAP payment before the application window closed in December will now be eligible to apply beginning April 5.

Assistance will benefit dairy farmers, growers of specialty crops, beginning farmers, timber harvesters and haulers, and local, urban and organic farms and can be used to cover costs of organic certification or to continue or add conservation activities; to improve the resilience of the food supply chain, including assistance to meat and poultry processors to facilitate interstate shipment; for costs of personal protection equipment or other measures to protect workers, including for seafood processors; to develop infrastructure to facilitate food donation and distribution through farm-to-school, restaurants, and other community organizations; and to reduce food waste.

Visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cfap to apply, and for more information.