National Bison Association: Bison Producers Now Eligible for CFAP Payments

National Bison Assn. Welcomes News, Thanks Hill Allies for Support

WESTMINSTER, CO (September 18, 2020) — The National Bison Association welcomed USDA’s announcement today that bison producers are now eligible for relief under the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2) payments.

“Bison producers now have the ability to receive assistance in weathering the economic storm that has been wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. “This is welcome news, and we thank everyone who helped bring our ranchers and farmers into this program.”
The National Bison Association initially contacted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in late March to request that bison producers be included in any COVID assistance package developed for agriculture. Following that request, the association provided USDA with a series of reports documenting the extent of the economic impact that the pandemic was creating for bison producers and marketers.
Carter noted that bison ranchers were frustrated as USDA excluded them from eligibility when CFAP assistance packages were announced in May and July.
“Bison producers across the country weighed in with public comments to USDA and letters to their Senators and Representatives. It’s encouraging to know that their voices were heard,” Carter said. 
“The long-term outlook for our business is very bright, but ranchers need to be able to get through the financial difficulties created by COVID-19,” he added. “Eligibility for CFAP assistance will definitely help.”
Bison ranchers can begin the process of applying for assistance at. https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/specialty-livestock.
The mission of the National Bison Association is to bring together stakeholders to celebrate the heritage of the American bison/buffalo while educating and creating a sustainable future for our industry. Learn more at www.bisoncentral.com

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.