COVID-19

USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – May 19, 2020

Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19 WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on May 19 details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service Read Full Article

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance – May 12, 2020

In April, USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide direct support based on losses for agriculture producers where prices and market supply chains have been significantly impacted and will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.    Read Full Article

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans – May 5, 2020

New Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance: On May 4, 2020 the Small Business Administration began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. SBA EIDL for Agricultural Businesses   Read Full Article

UPDATE: What’s in USDA’s New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program? – April 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program helps provide immediate support to farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses struggling under the immense weight of the COVID-19 impact. While the details of this package are still not fully known, the $16 billion in direct support to livestock, specialty and non-specialty crops will help to offset COVID-19-related losses as well as $3 billion in commodity purchases. Read Full Article

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic – April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic. Read Full Article

A message from AFBF President Zippy Duvall

There is a lot beyond our control and still unknown as we face this crisis, but we can focus on and be faithful with the tasks at hand. For farmers and ranchers our calling hasn’t changed: we are committed to rising every day to grow the food we all depend on. But we can’t do that work alone. It takes all of us safely working across the supply chain from the workers harvesting crops to the grocery store employees stocking shelves. Read Full Article

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