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A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

Note: This post was written on March 26, 2020.

Apply Now! Spanish Language Resources Available for CFAP 2 Applications, Due December 11

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for financial relief from USDA through the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) is December 11. CCOF encourages members to consider applying for the program, which may provide significant financial relief for your agricultural business.

Building Resilience Together in 2020

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Dear CCOF Family,

2020 has been a wild ride. A national pandemic, a looming recession, a racial injustice reckoning, and now unprecedented wildfires sweeping through CCOF’s hometown of Santa Cruz, California and across Northern California.  

CCOF Crisis Resilience Resources

As communities come together to build resilience in this deeply challenging time, CCOF is compiling resources that support our members and the organic community. Visit our Crisis Resilience Resources webpage for links to helpful resources for organic businesses. Check back regularly, as we’ll be updating this page with new resources as we learn about them. 
 
We are working with partners, allies, and other organizations to gather useful information for the community.

COVID-19 Webinar: Financial Relief for Farmers

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recognizes the unique needs of the farmer, rancher, and producer community as it navigates the current pandemic. 
 
OTA’s next COVID-19 webinar on Wednesday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. PDT will allow you to learn about new and existing programs designed specifically to meet your needs.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications Now Open Exclusively to Agricultural Producers

As of Monday, May 4, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will now accept new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program exclusively from agricultural producers. During the first round of funding, SBA prohibited agricultural producers from applying for relief. While the current round of funding includes agricultural producers as eligible applicants, SBA has been processing applications left over from the previous round. 
 
The EIDL program offers loan advances of up to $10,000 for businesses experiencing a loss in revenue due to COVID-19.

Federal and State Policy Update

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted unique responses by federal, state, and local governments. This legislative update provides a brief snapshot of some key state and federal policy areas CCOF is monitoring. 
 
USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
 
On Thursday, May 14, USDA hosted a webinar to introduce producers to the application process for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The webinar recording can be viewed via Zoom. USDA has said that it will release applications soon.

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