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USDA announces CFAP help for poultry contract growers

USDA includes contract growers in eligibility for CFAP2.

Aug. 31, 2021

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts

  • Contract growers of poultry, hogs, pigs included in CFAP2
  • Inclusion of contract growers by USDA is unprecedented

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Contract poultry growers have until Oct. 12 to sign up for aid under the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2.

John Anderson, economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, said up to $1 billion has been allocated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to provide CFAP 2 payments to contract growers.

Anderson said the pandemic was extremely disruptive to the poultry sector.

“As COVID-related illness and/or quarantines disrupted labor, processing operations slowed, as did movement of inputs and product along the entire supply chain,” he said. “For growers, the effect of this situation was, in many cases, a reduction in birds delivered and, as a result, lower revenue. The impacts on individual grower operations were potentially severe.”

The expanded eligibility for CFAP2 includes not only contract broiler growers but also contract growers of other poultry such as pullets, layers, eggs, turkeys, ducks, geese, and pheasants and quail. It also includes contract growers of hogs and pigs.

Growers can sign up by completing a CFAP2 application at their local Farm Service Agency office. Find a local office here:

The inclusion of contract growers was unprecedented, Anderson said.

“This announcement represents the culmination of several months of work by USDA to redefine program eligibility requirements to include contract growers,” he said. Contract growers haven’t “historically been directly eligible for most forms of federal assistance because they do not own the animals they raise.”

USDA announced eligibility for contract growers on Aug. 24.

See Anderson’s full report:

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Media contact: Mary Hightower