Category Archives: NCAT Northeast Regional Office

Update On Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Get Ready to Apply for CFAP

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin taking applications for CFAP on May 26. Processing and payments will be made on a first come first served basis, so it will benefit you to do as much preparation as you can!

As a reminder, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has $16 billion to help farmers who have lost revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Application starts with Form AD-3114, which may not be even available until May 26. You can keep checking the USDA CFPA Page and/or check with your local FSA Office.

Filing Form AD-3114 starts the process. Once obtained you can file it:

  • In person, when/if available
  • By mail (although this probably puts you further back in line)
  • Electronically by FAX to your local FSA office
  • Electronically by email with scanned or photo-copy of signed form AD-3114
  • On-line directly with a possible computer-fillable Form AD-3114, BUT this method will require an FSA Level 2-eAuthentication account. Many farmers have such accounts, but if you don’t, you can get one at this link: http://www.eauth.usda.gov/ (and you should do so ASAP).

Finally, there will be a payment calculator tool available soon that can help you assess if the CFAP makes sense to you. A video demonstration of the tool is available at this link: video of CFAP payment Calculator.

We are here to help

It’s looking as if this process could be paperwork-heavy, so NCAT ag specialists are here to help. You can always reach out to us for assistance by calling 1-800-346-9140, e-mailing askanag@ncat.org, or by writing in on the live chat at attra.ncat.org.

Update On Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Get Ready Yesterday: $16 Billion Available to Farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Call or contact your local Farm Service Agency today! No, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is not food for the nation’s hungry, but rather assistance for the nation’s food producers. Details of how U.S. farmers can apply for this assistance… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Adaptive Grazing – You Can Do It

By Lee Rinehart, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, NCAT Northeast Back in the late 1990s, I was a new county Extension agent in Texas. I met a Brangus rancher who became a friend and demonstration cooperator, and I pitched him a topic that he became immediately interested in. We laid out 11 paddocks and began grazing 24… Continue Reading

Adaptive Grazing – You Can Do It

Maintain Your Own Tractor

Maintain Your Own Tractor

Maintaining Your Tractor NCAT has released  a five-part video series called “Maintaining Your Tractor”on YouTube. This series walks viewers through the three main factors that keep a diesel engine running smoothly: clean air clean fuel lubrication Farm and equipment educator Shane LaBrake joins NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman (author of Equipment and Tools for… Continue Reading

NCAT Northeast 2019 Recap

NCAT Northeast 2019 Recap

A Time for Contemplation The thermometer reads well below freezing in Keene, NH, and your NCAT Northeast gang is feeling sentimental about the year that now comes to a close. 2019 kept us all very busy with travels across the country, with projects that ended and with more that began. Meanwhile, Andy, Lee, and Daniel… Continue Reading

NCAT Northeast: Year in Review

NCAT Northeast: Year in Review

2018 was a full year for us. Join NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman as he takes a short look at some of our major successes and what we have in store for the coming years. Continue Reading

Re-Introducing Sustainable Agriculture

Re-Introducing Sustainable Agriculture

By Lee Rinehart, 2018 We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural A craftsman is a master of her work, and has a keen knowledge of tools and processes. More importantly,… Continue Reading

What, Pray Tell, are Intermediated Markets?

Small Farmers, Scaling Up Imagine a Pioneer Valley farmer just down the road from our New Hampshire office. She’s been in business for a while now and she cultivates five acres of her fifteen acre property. She’s been selling on the side of the road and at farmers markets for years and she’s pretty regularly… Continue Reading

Armed to Farm NH Builds Knowledge, Camaraderie

Armed to Farm NH With a light wind blowing the American flag, 35 people lined up next to the swimming pool at East Hill Farm with Mount Monadnock standing proudly in the background. There were 28 military veterans from all over the northeast United States, plus seven NCAT staff and interns. None of them left… Continue Reading

New Office, New Hire, New Start

New Office, New Hire, New Start

NCAT’s Northeast Team is rearing to go in 2018 with a new office in New Hampshire. They brought on an outreach specialist and have plans to do work in helping farmers expand to new markets and help veterans find opportunities in agriculture. Continue Reading

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in New Hampshire

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in New Hampshire

Deadline to Apply is April 27 The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing its Armed to Farm training to New Hampshire. Armed to Farm gives military veterans an opportunity to learn about transitioning to a farming life. Armed to Farm combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about… Continue Reading

A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

Join NCAT Agriculture Specialists Lee Rinehart and Andy Pressman at the Kentucky State University Third Thursday Thing to learn farm planning strategies that can lower risks, increase profits, and improve production. The workshop will take place on Jan. 19 in Frankfort, KY, and will partially coincide with a workshop scheduled on growing grapes. Attendees at… Continue Reading

Northeast Regional Office Updates

Regional programs featuring NCAT staff Eating Locally Grown Foods, Oct. 2nd, Muncy School District, Muncy PA. NCAT specialist Chris Lent is presenting a program on the value and importance of locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables. The program is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant project and administered by PA Dept. of Agriculture.… Continue Reading