The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in response to public comments and data.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also extended the deadline to apply for the program to Sept. 11, and producers with approved applications will receive their final payment.
The following additional commodities are now eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program:
• Specialty Crops - aloe leaves, bananas, batatas, bok choy, carambola (star fruit), cherimoya, chervil (french parsley), citron, curry leaves, daikon, dates, dill, donqua (winter melon), dragon fruit (red pitaya), endive, escarole, filberts, frisee, horseradish, kohlrabi, kumquats, leeks, mamey sapote, maple sap (for maple
syrup), 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 (sheep less than two years old) 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.
For more information and to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap.