New source of Federal funding for agriculture businesses:

(May 3, 2020): The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance program is now open ONLY for agriculture businesses. Learn more and apply ASAP here.

United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) includes $16 billion in direct payments for commodity growers, specialty crop farmers, and livestock and dairy producers who have had at least a 5% price decline due to COVID-19. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications starting May 26, 2020 with payments capped at $250,000 per person.

  • Contact your local FSA office (find your location here) to start the application process
  • A recent FAQ from USDA on the program.

Extended Climate Smart Agriculture program deadlines and requirements:

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): CDFA recognizes that due to COVID-19, grant requirements such as outreach events, field days, etc. will be delayed or otherwise affected. CDFA will work with grantees to the extent possible to adjust the Scope of Work and timelines. Please email cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 654-0433 for more specific information.

The following CDFA grant programs have extended their initial deadlines. Visit each program page for more details:

Department of Conservation (DOC):
DOC has extended the deadline for the pre-proposals for easement grants for the Sustainable Agriculture Lands Conservation Program (SALCP) to May 29, 2020. The pre-proposal deadline for planning grants remains July 1st.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS):

Farmer and Rancher Resources

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), one of our founding coalition members, has developed a comprehensive webpage clearinghouse with frequently updated resources, news and advocacy information in response to COVID-19 for farmers, farmworkers and agriculture advocates.

Among many topics they cover, the resources include:
Farmers’ Market Response & Best Practices: COVID-19
Farming During COVID: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis
California COVID-19 Matchmaking: Food Systems Supply, Demand and Distribution
CSA COVID Response/Resources
Employee Safety During COVID-19

Find more on their website here.

NCAT/ATTRA has a webpage of national COVID-19 Response resources, including NCAT Ag Specialists videos and the following:

Seed Starting and COVID Resiliency
Considerations for Fruit and Vegetable Growers Related to Coronavirus & COVID-19
Coronavirus Dieases (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Farm Resources

Find more on their website here.

The California Farm Bureau has developed Coronavirus Farm & Ranch Resource for both agriculture industry and consumers. Among others, resources include state and industry updates, wage and leave guidance for employers in light of Federal relief packages, such as:

U.S. Department of Labor guidance including: (1)Guidance for Employees(2)Guidance for Employersand  (3) Questions and Answers 
Family First Coronavirus Response Act requirements and eligible employees

Find more on their website here.

 

Farmworker Resources

Need help accessing Zoom? Find tutorials in English and Spanish here.

Spanish language resources for farmworkers from CATA:

Recursos Para la Comunidad de CATA

UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety has developed a COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture with resources and answers to many common questions among farmworkers, including:

Q: Should I wear a mask or bandana over my face at work?
A: A face mask or bandana will not prevent the transmission of viruses. They may be worn to reduce an individual’s tendency to touch their face, which can spread germs.

Q: What can I do at work to reduce my risk?
A: Washing your hands frequently with soap and water and social distancing (staying six feet away from other people) will help to reduce your risk of exposure.

Workers’ Rights/Derechos de los trabajadores
Prevention/Prevención
Symptoms/Síntomas

Find more on their website here.

The California Farm Bureau has occupational safety & health resources, including: 

Safety Training Handout for Agricultural Workers (Spanish & English)
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Corona Virus
Advisory for agricultural worker protection during covid-19 crisis

Find more on their website here.

 

Information from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:

Food Safety: Consumer Resources
FDA, CDC, CDPH, and USDA have all stated that there are no reports at this time of human illnesses that suggests COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. For more information please see our blog post.
Public Meetings:
Due to COVID-19, physically attending board and program meetings will be delayed or otherwise affected until further notice.

See more here.

 

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