Sheep and goat producers looking to take advantage of the second round of the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program should register now to participate in an Oct. 8 Zoom webinar hosted by Oklahoma State University Extension.
The Zoom webinar will take place at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be done online by interested producers across the United States. There is no cost to participate.
“We will be providing in-depth information about the various commodities eligible but will focus mostly on sheep and goats,” said JJ Jones, OSU Extension area agricultural economist for southeastern Oklahoma. “Payments to eligible sheep and goat producers can be a big help as they head into the winter-feeding period.”
The United States has 5.2 million head of sheep, according to National Agricultural Statistics Service data. Meat goats total 2.1 million head.
For more information about the Oct. 8 webinar, contact Jones by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 580-332-7011.
Referred to as CFAP 2, the funds used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are available from the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to support livestock, row crops, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and additional commodities. Eligible producers can sign up for the program through Dec. 11.
CFAP 2 payments will be made for three commodity categories – price trigger commodities, flat-rate crops and sales commodities. Detailed information is available online through the USDA website.
“All of the necessary forms to participate in the federal program are available through the website, as is a decision-making tool that producers can use to estimate their payment,” said Amy Hagerman, OSU Extension agricultural and food policy specialist.
OSU Extension is one of two state agencies administered by the university’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and is a key part of OSU’s state and federally mandated teaching, research and Extension land-grant mission.