Livestock and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program–Applications available now

Farm Services Agency offices are happy to work with any farmer or rancher who doesn’t have internet access, to print off, fill out and submit the applications.

A video overview of how to fill out the application for CFAP.

CFAP Application

A CFAP Payment Calculator is available to assist with the CFAP application process. This Excel workbook allows you to input information specific to your operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form. 
NOTE: Microsoft Excel is required to use this workbook.

Producers who are interested in filling out the application manually can also download the application form, AD-3114. If you need more space, you should use the AD-3114A continuation form.

Other materials that may be needed:

In addition to the application form, our staff will work with you to complete portions of the CCC-902 – Farm Operating Plan – if necessary. Additionally, the following forms are needed for CFAP; if you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center.

  • CCC-901 (Also Available in Spanish) – Identifies members of a farm or ranch that is a legal entity. Member Information will be completed by legal entities and joint operations to collect the following:
    • member names, addresses, and Tax Identification Numbers
    • citizenship status
  • CCC-941 (Also Available in Spanish) – Reports your average adjusted gross income for programs where income restrictions apply.
  • CCC-942 – If applicable, this certification reports income from farming, ranching, and forestry, for those exceeding the adjusted gross income limitation.
  • AD-1026 (Also Available in Spanish) – Ensures compliance with highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation.
  • AD-2047 – Provides basic customer contact information.
  • SF-3881 – Collects your banking information to allow USDA to make payments to you via direct deposit.

FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed.

Are you a livestock producer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance (CFAP) program on April 17, 2020. Beginning May 26, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. Learn more at

Eligible Livestock

CFAP assistance is available to livestock producers who have an ownership interest in eligible livestock that have suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and face additional significant costs in marketing their inventories due to unexpected surplus and disrupted markets.

Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, hogs, and sheep. Specifically, eligible livestock are:

  • Hogs
    • Pigs (< 120 lbs.)
    • Hogs (> 120 lbs.)
  • Cattle
    • Feeder Cattle (<600 lbs.)
    • Feeder Cattle (> 600 lbs.)
    • Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle
    • Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle
    • All Other Cattle (not including livestock used, or intended for, dairy production).
  • Sheep
    • Lambs and yearlings (less than 2 years of age)

CFAP Payments for Livestock

A single payment for livestock will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head.

Producers must provide the following information for CFAP:

  • Total sales of eligible livestock, by species and class, between January 15, 2020, to April 15, 2020, of owned inventory as of January 15, 2020, including any offspring from that inventory; and
  • highest inventory of eligible livestock, by species and class, between April 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020.

The following table lists eligible livestock and payment rates for CFAP.

LivestockEligible LivestockUnit of MeasureCARES Act Part 1 Payment Rate
(livestock sold Jan. 15- April 15, 2020)
CCC Part 2 Payment Rate
(livestock on inventory April 16-May 14, 2020)
CattleFeeder Cattle: Less than 600 PoundsHead$102.00$33.00
 Feeder Cattle: 600 Pounds or MoreHead$139.00$33.00
 Slaughter Cattle: Fed CattleHead$214.00$33.00
 Slaughter Cattle: Mature CattleHead$92.00$33.00
 All Other CattleHead$102.00$33.00
Hogs and PigsPigs: Less than 120 PoundsHead$28.00$17.00
 Hogs: 120 Pounds or MoreHead$18.00$17.00
Lambs and YearlingsAll Sheep Less than 2 Years OldHead$33.00$7.00

Additional CFAP Information

Farm Service Agency staff at local USDA Service Centers will work with producers to file applications. USDA will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2020.

USDA is also establishing a process for the public to identify additional commodities for potential inclusion in the program. Visit for additional information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, other eligible commodities, CFAP eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and how to apply.

go to for more information.

Eligible commodities must be owned, not subject to an agreed upon price in the future through forward contracts, agreements, or similar biding documents, eligible commodities must be SUBJECT TO PRICE RISK (intended to be sold). Crops intended for grazing are ineligible for CFAP, other intended uses, such as hay or silage are eligible, IF they are subject to price risk. The following are eligible commodities:

Dairy/Milk, Malting Barley, Canola, Corn, Upland Cotton, Sorghum, Soybeans, Sunflowers, Durum Wheat, Hard Red Spring Wheat, Wool (graded and ungraded), Cattle

o Feeder Cattle: less than 600 lbs (includes calves born to beef cows owned prior 01/15/2020 and intended to be marketed this fall).

o Feeder Cattle: 600 lbs or more (owned prior 01/15/2020)

o Slaughter Cattle: Fed Cattle (Finished Fat cattle) (owned prior 01/15/2020)

o Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle (culls) (owned prior 01/15/2020)

o All other Cattle (owned prior 01/15/2020)

· Hogs & Pigs

o Pigs : Less than 120 lbs (owned prior 01/15/2020)

o Hogs: 120 pounds or more (owned prior 01/15/2020)

· Lambs & Yearlings

o All sheep less than 2 years of age (owned prior 01/15/2020)

§ Lambs born to ewes that were owned prior 01/15/2020

For crops, producers must provide 2019 total production and 2019 production NOT sold as of 01/15/2020.

Hay or silage to bushel conversion factors will be available.

For livestock owners and contract growers who are at risk and have a share of the livestock that are available for marketing or would have a share if the livestock had been marketed ARE eligible livestock producers.

• Livestock owned on Jan. 15, 2020 and sold between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2020

• Offspring born from that Jan. 15, 2020 inventory

• Livestock inventory owned between April 16 and May 14, 2020

• Livestock that are no longer used for dairy production and have entered the beef cattle market

• Livestock purchased after Jan. 15, 2020 and sold on or before April 15, 2020 are INELIGIBLE

• Livestock subject to an agreed upon price in the future through a forward contract, agreement, or similar binding document as of Jan. 15, 2020 are INELIGIBLE

Livestock Example ~

DJB Cattle Co had the following livestock in inventory on January 15, 2020:

• 500 bred cows

• 15 herd bulls

• 50 replacement heifers

SALES: Between January 15 and April 15, 2020, DJB certified that he sold the following livestock:

• 10 cull cows

• 7 baby calves born after January 15th

INVENTORY: DJB certified that his highest inventory between April 16 and May 14, 2020 was the following:

• 480 cow/calf pairs

• 18 herd bulls

• 75 replacement heifers

Application would be completed for:

7 Feeder Cattle Less than 600 lbs (sold)

10 Slaughter Cattle: Mature Cattle (sold)

480 Feeder Cattle Less than 600 lbs (inventory)

545 All other cattle (480 cows, 15 bulls, & 50 heifers) (inventory)

The information required from producers to participate in CFAP will be a self-certification by the producer or authorized representative.

The following sales and inventory information is required from livestock producers, as applicable:

• Owned inventory of eligible livestock as of Jan. 15, 2020 and any offspring from that inventory, that were subject to price risk and sold between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2020

• Highest owned inventory of eligible livestock that were subject to price risk between April 16 and May 14, 2020

In general, the total amount of CFAP payments that a person or legal entity (excluding general partnerships and joint ventures) may receive is $250,000.

Payments to a joint operation, including a general partnership or joint venture, cannot exceed $250,000 per person or legal entity that comprise first level ownership of the general partnership or legal entity, unless the first level member is another joint operation.

Optional Increase in $250,000 Limitation for applicants who are:

• Corporations

• Limited Liability Companies

• Limited Partnerships

The initial CFAP payment will be factored at 80% of the calculated payment and will be applied after applying payment limitation.