Winneshiek County Development and Tourism (WCDT) is encouraging all Winneshiek County agricultural producers to look into a new program that is designed to help any farmer/producer who suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19.
The new program administered through the local USDA FSA office is referred to as the “Coronavirus Food Assistance Program” (CFAP). by phone. FSA has streamlined the process.
USDA has not announced a start date for CFAP (as of release), but producers may call or email FSA for updates.
Fromm noted WCDT will have additional guidance on CFAP on their small business directory, which details all the available programs (winneshiekdevelopment. org). The directory offers a searchable, organized list of available local, state, federal, public and private programs, including grants.
“Farm businesses are a vital part of our economy, and we want to make sure they know about this opportunity,” Fromm said. “We care about our hardworking friends, neighbors and families in agriculture and recognize how important they are to our local and regional economy.”