Rapid Response Items
Farm Aid is grateful for your partnership in distributing support to farm families affected by the challenging circumstances sparked by COVID-19 through our COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative. This guide offers recommendations for best practices in establishing and reviewing grant applications, disbursing funds, and our requirements for reporting on your work. We know this is not an insignificant endeavor. We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out as you pull together your process.
Thank you again for being part of the COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would make up to $1 billion available in loan guarantees to help rural businesses and agricultural producers—including cooperatives—meet their working capital needs as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
Join NCBA CLUSA, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and USDA's Acting Administrator of Rural Business-Cooperative Service Mark Brodziski and Deputy Undersecretary of Rural Development Bette Brand on Monday, June 1 from 2-3 pm EDT to learn whether you meet the criteria for this program.
During this webinar, you'll hear an overview of the new USDA Business & Industry CARES Act Program, and learn the requirements for lenders and borrowers. Find out if your cooperative is eligible to apply!
This webinar will feature the following presenters:
• Doug O'Brien, President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA
• Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
• Bette Brand, Deputy Undersecretary of Rural Development, USDA
• Mark Brodziski, Acting Administrator of Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA
Opportunities for questions will be provided at the end of the presentation.
Innovative ideas for a business/nonprofit, or finance technical assistance or equipment needed due to your new approach (e.g. marketing help, financial planning) in the San Luis Valley?
The First Southwest Community Fund SLV Innovation Assistance Awards in partnership with Startup Colorado and The Colorado Trust. These are $2000 awards designed to highlight businesses and nonprofits in the San Luis Valley who have taken a creative and innovative approach towards surviving the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or provide funding to those who would like to implement an innovative idea.
Award money can be used to help execute a new and innovative idea for a business/nonprofit, or finance technical assistance or equipment needed due to your new approach (e.g. marketing help, financial planning).
Please spread the word! The deadline is June 4th. Flier attached and apply here: https://www.fswcf.org/iaa
Use this Regional Statewide Meal Assessment guide to find the regions and their associated counties.
Government Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Grants/Funding Resources
Council Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Farmers Union (NFU)
Coronavirus Aid Relief Economic Security (CARES) Act
Summary of rural health provisions, H-2A visa processing disruptions, Guidelines and best practices for businesses in the food supply chain