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CFAP 2 applications open for COVID-19 farm assistance

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that FSA offices were closed. They are open by phone appointment only.

MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -- Farmers are getting another opportunity to apply for assistance due to the impact COVID-19 has had on agriculture.

CFAP 2, or the coronavirus food assistance program, is similar to the one held in the Spring, which helped farmers financially with various effects on the market due to COVID-19.

Marion County Farm Bureau President Joe Kendrick said with applications lasting through mid-December, it'll be good for farmers to be able to work out a complete picture on how the virus has effected them before they finish their application.

"[With] markets in general and facilities being shut down, maybe having to haul something further than you normally would have," said Kendrick explaining some reasons for the program, "so this is a marketing assistance program."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers will need to make a phone appointment with their FSA office or complete the application process online or via mail.

Kendrick said the program will also help with livestock.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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