BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The USDA announced Tuesday that more commodities will be covered under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including crawfish.
CFAP provides financial assistance to those who produce agricultural commodities and have suffered at minimum of a 5% price decline. CFAP is also available to producers who suffered loses because of market supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the USDA website.
The new addition comes in response to public comments and data, according to Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring right at the peak of crawfish season, crawfish producers felt the impact immediately,” Strain said. “Since CFAP was first announced in May, we have been working with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, the LSU AgCenter and our congressional delegation to add crawfish to CFAP eligibility. After significant research and data collection which was supplied to Washington, crawfish is now eligible for direct payments under the CFAP.”
The following is a list of additional commodities now available under the CFAP, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry:
- Specialty Crops – aloe leaves, bananas, batatas, bok choy, carambola (star fruit), cherimoya, chervil, citron, curry leaves, daikon, dates, dill, donqua, dragon fruit, endive, escarole, filberts, frisee, horseradish, kohlrabi, kumquats, leeks, mamey sapote, maple sap, mesculin mix, microgreens, nectarines, parsley, persimmons, plantains, pomegranates, pummelos, pumpkins, rutabagas, shallots, tangelos, turnips/celeriac, turmeric, upland/winter cress, water cress, yautia/malanga, and yuca/cassava.
- Non-Specialty Crops and Livestock – liquid eggs, frozen eggs and all sheep. Only lambs and yearlings were previously eligible.
- Aquaculture – catfish, crawfish, largemouth bass and carp sold live as foodfish, hybrid striped bass, red drum, salmon, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, ornamental/tropical fish, and recreational sportfish.
- Nursery Crops and Flowers – nursery crops and cut flowers.
Click here to learn more about CFAP.