The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency will present a free webinar about the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers Program on Thursday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted through October 15.

The USDA has also updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19. An October 12 deadline has been set for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2.

PATHH aids businesses that suffered a gross revenue loss of at least 10% from January 1 through December 1, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Loggers and truckers may apply for PATHH by working directly with the FSA office at their

local USDA Service Center. To register for the webinar, visit pathh.eventbrite.com. It will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants. Those who need an accommodation should phone Mary Anne Coffin at 990-9140 or email maryanne.coffin@usda.gov by Tuesday, September 7. They may also contact Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides up to $1 billion for payments to contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry for revenue losses from January 1 through December 27, 2020. Contract producers can now elect to use eligible revenue from the period of January 1, 2018, through December 27, 2018, instead of that date range in 2019 if it is more representative. Assistance is also available to new contract producers who began their farming operation in 2020.

Sign-up for CFAP 2 remains open to address inadequate initial outreach efforts to reach underserved producers and particularly those who produce sales commodities. Newly eligible producers who need to submit a CFAP 2 application or producers who need to modify an existing one can do so by contacting their local FSA office; a list can be found by visiting farmers.gov/service-locator. Producers can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling (877) 508-8364.

For more details, visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance.