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Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.
Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.
A call center will be available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. To find the latest information on CFAP 2, including forms and the contact information for your local Service Center, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.
All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in office, by phone, and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
David R. Lavway was appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as the state executive director of the Maine USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in October 2017, a position he previously held during the George W. Bush administration.
Lavway grew up on a diversified potato, grain and livestock operation in Washburn, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in agricultural business and economics.
He began his career in 1969 with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Over the course of his career, he worked as a district director of the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, government relations director for the National Potato Council, administrative officer for USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and deputy commissioner for the Maine State Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
He is a founding member of the Agriculture Council of Maine and was appointed to serve two terms on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. Lavway has also served as a member and chairman of the USDA Potato Industry Advisory Committee for Research and Extension.
Lavway and his wife, Joanne, have two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He and Joanne live in Glenburn.
Front Row: Chair, Sue McCrum, State Executive Director, David R. Lavway, Member, Nancy Ricker