The USDA announced today that several specialty crops will now qualify for additional CFAP payments and made other adjustments.
First, here is a list of the new crops:
Alfalfa sprouts, anise, arugula, basil, bean sprouts, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, celeriac (celery root), chives, cilantro, coconuts, collard greens, dandelion greens, greens (others not listed separately), guava, kale greens, lettuce – including Boston, green leaf, Lolla Rossa, oak leaf green, oak leaf red and red leaf – marjoram, mint, mustard, okra, oregano, parsnips, passion fruit, peas (green), pineapple, pistachios, radicchio, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, fresh sugarcane, Swiss chard, thyme and turnip top greens.
Second, seven crops that currently qualify for marketing losses are now eligible for payments made for non-contracted sales between January 15, 2020 and April 15, 2020. These seven crops are:
Apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries, tangerines and taro.
They also removed peaches and rhubarb from qualifying for sales losses and made certain adjustments to rates that were released earlier that were found in error. For example, carrot sales originally qualified for a 20 cents per pound payment. That was dropped to 2 cents per pound.
I live in Washington state and our state is #1 in apples, #2 in potatoes and top 3 is blueberries and raspberries so this will be welcome relief for many of these growers, especially apple and potato growers that still have 2019