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Deadline nears for ag grant program

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Farmers, ranchers and businesses with a financial stake in producing agricultural commodities have until Friday to apply for COVID-19 financial assistance that could provide grants of up to $250,000 to help market livestock, crops and other agricultural products.

The Coronavirus Financial Assistance Program 2, administered by the Farm Services Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a total of $14 billion to provide to farmers, ranchers or other commercial agricultural producers.

According to a New Mexico Department of Agriculture fact sheet, applications can be made online at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap or at a local USDA service center. The Chaves County service center is located at 300 N. Pennsylvania Ave. USDA call center representatives also are available at 877-508-8364.

An online dashboard for the CFAP2 program updated Monday showed that the program has about $2.4 billion still to award. So far, 759,089 applications have been approved, with $11.61 billion in grants funded. In New Mexico, 3,172 applications for $78.31 million have been approved.

The first version of the program, which had fewer eligible commodities, provided $10.49 billion through 651,703 grants. CFAP1 approved 3,916 grants and $108.76 million in assistance in New Mexico.

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The second version of the program covers about 300 commodities, with a full list available online.

“CFAP2 is designed to cover a broad range of agricultural producers out there,” said Bill Northey, undersecretary of the USDA, during a USDA radio broadcast. “Nothing in the works right now for a CFAP3.”

CFAP1 and CFAP2 are separate programs, so anyone who applied for CFAP1 would have to complete a new application to be eligible for funding for CFAP2, according to the USDA website.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.