UT Extension: Farmers affected by pandemic should apply for CFAP2

Commodities such as beef cattle and dairy are eligible under this second round of pandemic assistance for farmers. Breeding stock is not eligible, according to the USDA. (File Photo)

STATE AG NEWS — Are a Moore County farmer or producer who has been directly impacted by the pandemic? If so, local UT Extension County Director Larry Moorehead encourages you to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2. Implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program seeks to support agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and additional costs associated with COVID-19.

CFAP 2 follows the first round of CFAP, which had an application period of May 26 through September 11. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities, flat-rate crops, and sales commodities.

Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum five-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Price trigger commodities eligible for CFAP 2 include broilers, eggs, dairy, and livestock such as beef cattle, hogs, pigs, lambs, and sheep. Breeding stock are not eligible for CFPA2.

“This will pay on your cattle inventory between April 16 and August 31,” County Director Moorehead explained. “This deal does not include your cows, just your marketable calves or heifers that have not calved.”

Moorehead explains that once a heifer produces a calf, she’s considered a cow and is no longer eligible under the federal guidelines.

Crops such as barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat are eligible as price trigger commodities.

Flat-rate crops are also eligible. These either do not meet the five-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change and include alfalfa, amaranth grain, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, hemp, indigo, industrial rice, kenaf, khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, rice, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, speltz, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale.

Sales commodities eligible for CFAP 2 include specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture, and other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate payment categories. These include ornamental fish, goat’s milk, Christmas trees, cut flowers, honey, tobacco, wool and other items. For a complete list, click here.

Commodities such as hay, grazing crops, equine, breeding stock, pets, and animals raised for game purposes are not eligible.

USDA will accept application through December 11, 2020 and you may view the application by clicking here.

Forms are also located at the local UT Extension office located inside the Moore County Building at 241 Main Street, Suite 214. You may also contact Director Moorehead at 931-759-7163 or 931-580-6073 for more information or with questions. •

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WHISKEY MAKING 101: Motlow joins MTSU, Columbia State in $300K USDA fermentation science grant

Motlow State Chemistry Instructor Nathan Fisher will lead the fermentation science partnership with MTSU and Columbia State. A $300,000 USDA grant will fund the project. {Photo Provided}

EDUCATION | Motlow State is located in Lynchburg – the unofficial whiskey capitol of the world – and right in the heart of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. So, it only makes sense that they’d be the perfect educational partner for a fermentation science programs.

The USDA just awarded a $300,000 grant to Motlow, MTSU, and Columbia State with an eye toward attracting future agricultural students to the Fermentation Science Program, according to a recent press release.

It’s a three-year, $300,000 grant proposed by MTSU’s Tony Johnston, who is partnering with Motlow Chemistry Instructor Nathan Fisher and Columbia State’s Karen Kendall-Fite, with faculty from all three schools participating.

“Our collaboration in this grant award is part of a larger, long-term vision. We are very intentional about our plan to introduce a variety of Fermentation and Distillery Science learning opportunities,” said Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence. “Our vision includes broadening short-term certificate training opportunities, as well as the development of new degree programs. Those programs will specifically seek to cultivate the success of minority and underserved populations in these fields.”

The grant increases awareness of agriculture and introduces fermentation concepts into lower-division undergraduate math and science classes at Columbia State and Motlow, and drives fermentation science as a career option.

“Students, in general, aren’t aware of what fermentation science is, much less that it’s agricultural,” said Johnston, professor, and director of the MTSU Fermentation Science program. “The grant seeks to get more students interested in agriculture as a career.

 “Agriculture is an applied STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, but it is not traditionally viewed this way,” Johnston said. “The grant provides an opportunity to connect the dots between STEM courses and agriculture and raise awareness of and increase the potential for a student to become interested in the applied STEM career that is fermentation science.”

Johnston said part of the grant would go toward classroom equipment — smartphones and scientific equipment — for Motlow and Columbia State students to learn about chemistry, biology, and math through applications of Fermentation in their freshmen- and sophomore-level courses. The funds will also pay for faculty training.

For more information about this exciting new opportunity, contact Nathan Fisher, Motlow Chemistry Professor, at 615-220-7879 or nfisher@mscc.edu. •

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Chicken recalled at TN grocery stores

STATE NEWS | Last Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Tip Tip Poultry from Rockmart, Georgia recalled several ready-to-eat poultry products in grocery stores across the U.S. including seven Tennessee retailers: United Grocery Outlet, ALDI, Dollar General, Food Lion, Kroger, Save-a-Lot, and Walmart. For a complete list, click here.

According to the USDA, the company recalled the items due to potential listeria contamination. Listeria is a harmful germ that causes fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal pain. It can be especially dangerous in older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Though most of the products should already be pulled from retailers shelves, consumers should check their personal pantries for frozen cooked, diced, or shredded chicken products that were produced between January 21 and September 24 with product codes from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999 from Butterball, GFS, Tip Top, Clean Eatz Cafe, Delizous Farm, Perdue, Sysco, West Creek, R.W. Zant Co., and H. Walker Foods. For a complete product list, click here.

For more information, visit the USDA recall site by clicking here. Consumers should immediately throw away the suspect product or return it to the store where it was purchased. Consumers can also call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST,  Monday through Friday. •

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