Ag News: CFAP2 Opens for Farmers and Drought in Western States
**A program that began under the Trump Administration is now open again for farmers with the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2, that began last Monday, April 5th.
According to www.agweb.com, the program is part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, and farmers have 60 day, or until June 4th, to either apply or make modifications to their existing CFAP 2 applications.
**After a year riddled with pandemic-related challenges, farmers were hoping for an easy, uncomplicated growing season.
Unfortunately, according to the National Farmers Union, that dream seems unlikely for many, including farmers, as much of the Western half of the country is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions.
According to NASA, the dry conditions can be attributed to "a weak summer monsoon season and ongoing La Niña conditions."
On top of that, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts drought conditions will persist for several months.
**To help learn how cereal crops adapt to different climate and weather conditions, a University of California professor and students will evaluate a collection of plant genes dating back nearly a century.
UC Riverside says the study will focus on barley, comparing genes from plant collections.
The work aims to help researchers understand which genes allowed barley to adapt to weather, as opposed to diseases or other pressures.