Welcome to the October 2020 edition of The Buzz. To say a lot is happening in the world of sustainable agriculture would be an understatement. The biggest news in the last month was the release of regulations for round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) on September 21, which represents a vast improvement over the initial design of the program.
In addition to expanding the list of eligible crops, CFAP 2 includes new options for relief to specialty crop farms based on their 2019 revenues instead of their production volume and allowing farmers to apply for a payment of around 10% of those sales. This could be a huge benefit for many small, direct-market farms in the Carolinas.
There is still more work to do to reach the levels of revenue, increasing racial equity in program administration, and support for COVID-19 adaptations made by farmers markets in the Local Farm Act. North Carolina is setting a good example with $750k in appropriations to the NCDA for farmers markets to recover increased costs.
Nick Wood, CFSA Policy Director
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