Your Farm, Crops, and Livestock
If there's one word that also accompanies today's buzzwords of Covid-19 and social distancing, it's uncertainty. Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the economy, including agriculture. Stress levels based on farm management are on the rise. Farmers need accurate information to survive this crisis. The resources listed below should be helpful.
Agribusinesses Now Eligible to Apply for EIDL
The U.S. Small Business Administration has begun accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. Loan advances of up to $10,000 can be made for qualifying applicants. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. More information from the SBA on EIDL for Agribusinesses can be found here. A short video to walk you through the process and show the forms needed is available here.
Tips for Treating Calves - KSRE News article May 19, 2020
University of Maryland Extension's article on Preparing Your Farm for Impacts of COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)
The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) runs a listserv for folks involved with meat and poultry proccessing. Register here.
Call to Action: This request to urge Congress to sign on the PRIME Act to increase access to local meat by repealing the ban on sale of meat processed by custom slaughterhouses that meat state regulations and basic federal requirements. Take action here.
Farmers.gov/coronavirus: A wealth of information is on this website, including Crop Insurance, Farm Loan, and Commodity Loan Flexibilities, Crop Acreage Reporting, Animal Mortality, and more.