State COVID-19 relief for California farmers and ranchers:

The new California Small Business COVD-19 Relief Grant Program finished its first round of collecting applications. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses and do not need to be repaid. A second application period is expected – if you have already submitted an application and do not get selected for funding, you will automatically be considered for the next round.

  • Learn more about this new program and see if your farm is eligible from our friends at CAFF here.
  • Applications need to be submitted through an approved partner organization. You can check out the full list here. Kitchen Table Advisors and CAFF have teamed up as approved partner organizations and are available to support you with your application if you apply through kta.mylendistry.com.

Federal COVID-19 relief for agriculture:

– Paycheck Protection Program

The Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed in early January, 2021. CalCAN Coalition member California FarmLink is supporting farmers and ranchers with the application process – you can find their contact information and more details to help with the PPP application here.

– Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

(January 19, 2021 updated) – The United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) has announced a second round of funding for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), CFAP-2. Farmers of specialty crops, specialty livestock, floriculture and nursery crops, goat milk and aquaculture can receive payments based on 2019 revenues for eligible products. Full list of eligible products and details for applying can be found here. The application period for the second round has now closed. Funding for a third round of CFAP has been allocated but the application period has not yet been announced. Learn more about this round from NSAC here.

Contact your local FSA office (find your location here) to start the application process

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

La Seguridad Empieza con Usted farmworker community campaign from the California Farmworker Foundation focused on the greater Bakersfield and Fresno growing regions: the Foundation Facebook page will be updated with ways to stay safe during the pandemic.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Labor for agriculture workers and employers here.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Guidance videos in English and Spanish here.

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

Resources for immigrant communities in the Central Valley here.

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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