Washington DC Update

September 17, 2020

Rumors are rampant and expectations are imminent that CFAP 2.0 is on the way with more details to be announced soon. Last month Secretary Perdue announced that the rules for CFAP would be announced in September and rumors this week said it would be announced Wednesday or Friday. 

With the fiscal year ending September 30th and appropriation legislation left unfinished a CR is being developed that will ensure government funding through the election. The actual end date is subject to negotiation with a December end date and February end date being considered. Democrats are pushing for a February end date to delay spending decisions into a new Congress which may include a new administration. It is unlikely that Republicans in the Senate would agree to that timeframe so a December end date is expected. Of course, what is included in a CR is also being negotiated. USRPA supported efforts to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) in order to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the resources necessary to continue programs integral to the farm safety net such as Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, Dairy Margin Coverage, Marketing Assistance Loans, conservation programs, and many others. Without immediate CCC reimbursement, payments and programs would be significantly delayed.

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