agencies begin reopening offices and resuming
programs after several months of closure,
opportunities could provide benefits for the
USDA adding eligible
The USDA is expanding its Coronavirus
Food Assistance Program to provide direct
payments to offset pandemic impacts for
price declines of 5 percent or higher between
mid-January and mid-April.
Eligible commodities include wool; livestock
such as cattle, hogs, lambs and yearling
sheep; dairy; specialty fruit and vegetable
crops with a range from apples to blueberries
to watermelons, cabbage to rhubarb and taro.
Nuts, beans, mushrooms and many “nonspecialty”
grains and wheats are on the list.
Now the USDA is asking growers to identify
more commodities it could include in the
CFAP with “a particular interest” right now
in nursery products, aquaculture products
and cut flowers.
“USDA has established a process for the
public to identify additional commodities for
potential inclusion in CFAP. Specifically,
USDA is looking for data on agricultural
commodities that are not currently eligible
for CFAP that the public believes to have
• Suffered a 5-percent or greater price decline
between mid-January and mid-April as
a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
• Shipped but subsequently spoiled due to
loss of marketing channel, or
• Not left the farm or remained unharvested
as mature crops.”
With USDA offering many support programs,
the Farm Service Agency is hiring
full-time temporary program technicians.
These employees would help at the field
level and perhaps do some work remotely.
“Successful applicants must be reliable,
have a professional attitude and enjoy working
with the public,” according to the FSA.
For more information or to email a resume,
send a message to [email protected]
FSA is also beginning to allow in-person
office visits by appointment only. Sublette
County’s closest FSA offices are Rock
Springs and Casper. Online and phone services
are still available to customers. For
more information, go to www.fsa.usda.gov.
USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation
Service just launched its Conservation Agricultural
Mentoring Program, a state-driven
program to match experienced producers
who are “passionate about conservation and
teaching” with an NRCS field employee that
is new to the job or new to the area in an 12-
to 18-month partnership.
“Our goal through the program is to grow
critical relationships with the producers we
serve, while at the same time advancing employee
knowledge of production agriculture
and natural resources in their local area, ultimately
enhancing our ability to provide excellent
customer service,” the NRCS release
Three sets of people are involved – volunteer
producers to be mentors, NRCS and
conservation district new employees or with
less than three years experience and NRCS
and conservation district employees to supervise
A producer mentor will take out an employee
six to 12 times a year to teach and
share common practices, equipment, daily
challenges, local resource concerns and
conservation practices to address those concerns.
“Producer mentors provide a safe, lowrisk
learning environment for employees to
advance their knowledge,” it says.
For more information or to sign up for
as a CAMP mentor, contact Wyoming coordinator
Andi Neugebauer at [email protected]
usda.gov or 307-233-6763.