Assistance for Farmers

During the COVID-19 world pandemic, the federal SBA programs are also extending credit to agricultural businesses. As you navigate this site, most of the information is relevant to farmers. Below, you will find traditional ag industry resources.

May 4, 2020

EIDL Application Re-Opening

The EIDL Advance/Loan portal will be re-opening shortly. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.

The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. 

The link to the portal will be:

If you have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure), there is no need to re-apply.

Agricultural Businesses Defined:

• Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).

• SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

May 12, 2020

USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for 

Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers new to Farm Service Agency programs are encouraged to participate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) 

will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers interested in participating may register in advance for webinar at

A recording of the webinar, the answers to its questions, and other CFAP information can be found at 

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box

As part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program Secretary Perdue announced on April 17th that 

the USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need. 

USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase fresh produce, dairy, and meat.

For more information and a list of upcoming webinars click here.

Updated Rural Resource Guide

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American Farmland Trust is excited to announce that the application for AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund is now live!  AFT will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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CADE's mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York.

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Bringing PPE to Farm and Food Businesses

CADE, NYCAMH, and the Cooperstown Sewing Group (CSG) are providing cloth masks and disposable gloves to those working in the farm and food service sector. Please contact Kathy Smith at NYCAMH at [email protected], or call 1-800-343-7527. Staff at NYCAMH will recommend a pick-up time at NYCAMH, 6160 State Highway 28, Fly Creek, NY 13337, M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Find almost all the information and resources you may need to respond to the COVID-19 crisis on your dairy. The following PRO-DAIRY link will provide you with many resources: Examples include:

Being smart in how you reduce milk output if your handler asks you to do

Feeding milk to cows

Adding milk to manure storages

Fertilizer value of milk

Information is updated frequently. In addition, there are links to other websites that provide important & vital information. If you would like to receive information directly from Cornell’s Pro-Dairy program you can sign up at the following link:

COVID-19 Response:

Need information? View the following Cornell CALS and CCE Resource Pages Updated Regularly 

Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions:

Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions:

Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources:

Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers:

Cornell Farmworker Program (en espanol)

General Questions & Links:

Click here to view a CCE webinar for farmers to understand the PPP loan program.