CFAP payment distribution appears to be slower than Perdue signaled
USDA as of June 3 paid out $545 million in payments via the Coronavirus Food Distribution Program (CFAP), far below the eventual $16 billion in payments when totally completed. When the signup for payments started May 26, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said payouts would likely be made to farmers within seven to 10 days of a producer's application acceptance.
Of the payments, $140.3 million have been made for non-specialty crops (corn, soybeans, etc.), $8.4 million in specialty crops, $267.8 million for livestock and $128.6 million for dairy.
The specialty crops are small possibly because many have had no prior participation in FSA programs, contacts advise. But it could also be the unpriced inventory issue that has caused program implementers some problems. And, the process with Farm Service Agency offices being impacted by Covid-19 issues could also be playing a role.