COVID-19 Resources

usda offers additional assistance for certain producers through coronavirus food assistance program

(Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2021) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left a deep impact on the farm economy, and we are utilizing the tools and monies available to ease some of the financial burdens on American producers to ensure our agricultural economy remains strong, independent and a global leader in production,” said Secretary Perdue. “As part of implementing CFAP 1 and CFAP 2, we identified new areas of support and Congress recently directed us to provide additional relief. This additional assistance builds on to the $23.6 billion in assistance already provided to our farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic, and we will continue to implement other provisions enacted by Congress.”

paycheck protection program resumed jan. 11

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021.

SBA is currently accepting Second Draw PPP loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs) and lenders with under $1 billion in assets, which includes approximately 5,000 institutions, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Lender Match can help you find a participating lender. The program will open to all lenders on January 19, 2021.

At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods.

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more than $7 billion paid in second round of usda coronarvirus food assistance program

(Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the
application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments directed by President Trump will continue to help this critical industry recoup some of their losses from ongoing market disruptions and associated costs,” said Secretary Perdue. “This program builds upon the over $10 billion disbursed under the first round of CFAP. Agricultural producers who have been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for assistance.”

Since CFAP 2 enrollment began on September 21, FSA has approved more than 443,000 applications. The top five states for payments are Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Kansas. USDA has released a data dashboard on application progress and program payments and will release further updates each Monday at 2:00 p.m. ET. The report can be viewed at farmers.gov/cfap.

Through CFAP 2, USDA is making available up to $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of CFAP (CFAP 1). Farmers and ranchers who participated in CFAP 1 will not be automatically enrolled and must complete a new application for CFAP 2. FSA will accept CFAP 2 applications through December 11, 2020.

Agricultural business and farming operations covid-19 eidl faq

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, enacted on April 24, 2020, expanded eligibility of agricultural enterprises for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and Advances (grants) for COVID-19. Although not traditionally a part of EIDL funding, as a result of this new authority agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees are now eligible for EIDL assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations, small business owners and small agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of questions from agricultural businesses regarding the effect of SBA collateral requirements on continuing operations of the agricultural businesses and/or farming operations, SBA is issuing the following guidance and clarification.

Georgia Peanut Commission Webinar: Peanut & Agribusiness COVID-19 Relief Act Update

The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a webinar discussion with U.S. Congressmen Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott on Friday, April 3. The congressmen discussed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

 View the Webinar.
 

Request for Increased Peanut Butter Purchases during Pandemic

(April 21, 2020) The U.S. Peanut Federation (USPF) recently submitted a letter to Congressman Sanford Bishop, subcommittee chairman on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and related agencies within the Committee on Appropriations, to request increased peanut butter purchases as Congress continues to work on providing further assistance and developing the Fiscal Year 2021 Agricultural Appropriations legislation. Following the USPF letter, Congressman Bishop submited a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue regarding the Coronavirus Assistance program and encouraged peanut butter purchases. Peanut and peanut butter products are shelf stable and affordable, making it an excellent product for most pantries.
 View Letter from the U.S. Peanut Federation to Congressman Sanford Bishop
 View Letter from Congressman Sanford Bishop to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Georgia Peanut Commission hosted Webinar: Peanut & Agribusiness COVID-19 Relief Act Update

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on April 17, 2020. This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.
View USDA press release.
View press release from Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee.
View press release from House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway.

The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a webinar discussion with U.S. Congressmen Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott on Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. The congressmen discussed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
View archived webinar.

Third Coronavirus Relief Package Becomes Law
Contains Numerous Provisions for Agriculture

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives moved quickly on the third relief legislation, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Senate passed the bill 96-0 and the House passed the legislation by a voice vote. President Trump signed the bill the same day as House passage.

Important for growers are provisions for Commodity Credit Corporation funding and additional nutrition assistance. Specifically, the agricultural provisions included:

$14 billion for the Farm Bill’s Farm Safety Net through the Commodity Credit Corporation
$9.5 billion disaster assistance for specialty crop, beef and dairy farmers
$10 million for Farm and Agribusiness small business interruption loans
$3 million to increase capacity at the USDA Farm Service Agency
$100 million for rural high speed internet expansion
$15.8 billion to fund new food assistance included in the CARES Act
$9 billion to fund child nutrition
$450 in additional resources for food banks
$100 million for food distribution in Tribal communities

In addition, the CARES Act contained a new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that provides for $350 billion to support loans. According to the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee the PPP “provides 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains its payroll, then the portion of the loan used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utilities would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis.”

The CARES Act also enhanced the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. For those interested in PPP, they should go to their local banker or credit union. Access is available on the SBA website for the EIDL program.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

Assistance for Small Business

In the weeks immediately after the passage of the CARES Act, Americans will see fast and direct relief in the form of Economic Impact Payments. For more information, CLICK HERE.

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
View program info.

Paycheck Protection Program Resources