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USMCA Takes Effect: Welcome News for Struggling Farmers – June 30, 2020

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect July 1, at a crucial time for farmers and ranchers struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a depressed agricultural economy. The expected $2 billion annual increase in U.S. agricultural exports and overall increase of $65 billion in gross domestic product will provide a welcome boost. Read Full Article

Wyoming FSA: Farm Service Agency to Host Webinars on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The USDA Farm Service Agency will host a series of webinars to discuss what producers should know to sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA is making available $16 billion in financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities. Read Full Article

SBA: Delivering Support to Wyoming Producers – June 2, 2020

By Dan Nordberg and Amy Lea The devastating impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested the will of millions of agricultural businesses and farms throughout rural communities all over our nation, but help is on the way. Congress recently passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which includes over $310 billion in new funding to help small businesses and agricultural related industries support their payroll costs. Read Full Article

Farmers and Ranchers in Wyoming Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – May 26, 2020

Online Tools and Toll-Free Number Available to Assist Producers CASPER, WY, May 26, 2020 – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation. Read Full Article

AFBF Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet–LaPoint finishes in Top 16

“Competing in the national competition helped me as a student in that my increased awareness of these agricultural issues was extremely applicable to nearly everything I learned in class,” said Kathi LaPoint, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet (CDM) national contestant. “Not only did I gain valuable communication skills, but I gained confidence in my ability to discuss issues and seek solutions while thinking on my feet.” Read Full Article

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

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