On Oct. 1 Eddie Woodhouse, N.C. State executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, visited with farmers in Swain and Jackson counties.

Woodhouse came to Bryson City to advise farmers of USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), which provides income support to farmers who have lost revenue due to the pandemic.

CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first round of assistance, or CFAP 1. Producers who participated in CFAP 1 are not automatically enrolled in CFAP 2 and should complete a new application. Signup for CFAP 2 began Sept. 21 and will run through Dec. 11.

Covered commodities and livestock include fruits, vegetables, corn and other grains, soybeans, honey, milk, eggs, wool, cattle, goats, sheep, alpacas, poultry and more.

Woodhouse encourages all Western North Carolina producers to contact their local USDA office or go to farmers.gov for more information on how to apply. The Bryson City USDA Service Center is open for business but closed to the public due to the pandemic.

Call 488-2684, ext. 2, to speak to Farm Service Agency staff and to apply, or email Anita Solesbee, county executive director, at anita.solesbee@usda.gov.