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Hawaii & Pacific Basin State Office

State Executive Director

Shirley Nakamura

Shirley Nakamura

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State Office Address

300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Room 5-108
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
(808) 541-2600 ext. 2

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Update

On the first day of the Biden-Harris administration, USDA suspended the processing of payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Additional Assistance and halted implementation in order to evaluate the program. 

The review of the program is ongoing, and USDA anticipates a decision in the weeks ahead. The deadline of February 26 has been eliminated, and USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period.  Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days for producers to sign up after any decision is announced. 

Payments under CFAP-2, which closed in December, have not been impacted in any way. 

USDA remains focused on helping producers who have been hurt by COVID-19 market disruptions, trade disputes and extreme weather. A number of stakeholders have reached out to identify gaps in the previous rounds of assistance and USDA welcomes this input during the evaluation period.  USDA is listening and gathering feedback in order to provide help to as many producers as possible without focusing on one group or geography at the expense of another.

New to FSA?  Click here to view a webinar recording that navigates the eligibility forms that you’ll need to file with FSA to establish eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and other Farm Service Agency programs. (https://vimeo.com/420474141/176b234292)

Microloans Are Cultivating Big Dreams on a Small Scale

Microloans with reduced requirements and a simpler loan application are helping small, niche and beginning farmers and ranchers meet their goals. Apply for up to $50,000 to fund your farm or ranch operation. For more information click here or call your FSA County Office for an appointment with a loan officer.

MolokaiGreetings, Aloha, Talofa & Hafa Adai!

Welcome to the Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's website

Please take some time to explore the Hawaii and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's (FSA) website which includes links to other programs and services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The website features up to date program notices and fact sheets, deadlines and newsletters, all geared to provide you with critical information at the click of a button. On the website you will also find detailed contact information for local FSA offices and the names of farmer-elected representatives to the FSA County Committees.

You are urged to sign up to receive FSA’s e-newsletters and e-news bulletins here. Quick, convenient and at no cost to you or your business, FSA’s newsletters will arrive in your e-mail or via text on a monthly basis and e-news items as the “news” happens.

Finally, you can call to schedule an appointment with staff at your local FSA office and learn more about the programs that FSA offers to maximize your business' success. Farm Service Agency staff are deeply committed to supporting farm and ranch businesses and will walk you through a host of programs and services including farm loans, payment programs, disaster relief, and conservation programs.

Covering a geographic area the size of the Continental U.S., FSA Hawaii and the Pacific Basin supports a wealth of diverse farms and ranches in terms of size of operations, crops, type of production systems, and markets. Perhaps, more importantly, it is the diversity of the people engaged in agricultural systems that makes this region unique. The cultures, customs, languages and even the business systems are distinctive from place to place whether it is each island within the State of Hawaii or the islands encompassing the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Common Wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Yet, as diverse as our agricultural communities are, we are all firmly linked by our common commitment and passion for agriculture. Be it producing food for consumption, flowers and plants to enhance the quality of our lives, or the production of fiber for the energy sector, we are all working to assure the successful development of the region's agricultural businesses.

Thank You, Mahalo, Fa’afetai Lava & Si Yu’us Ma’ase
Hawaii and Pacific Basin State Office