covid-19 CALL TO ACTION

We've identified simple, affordable solutions that will help 80,000 American Indian farmers, ranchers, and small-scale food growers by:

  1. Lowering agricultural loan payments for 2020 and 2021  

  2. Reducing interest rates for agricultural borrowers

  3. Preventing bankruptcy and improving refinance options

You can view a copy of the full letter here, along with organizations that have signed on.
 

Click the buttons below and the respective advocacy documents will automatically download to your computer for your customization, or submission. Don't forget to share #FarmRanchHelp on social media! Check your "downloads" or "desktop" folder for the download.

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We need lawmakers in Washington, DC to know that their constituents want relief given to our farmers, ranchers, and small-scale food growers. You can call your congressional delegates today and use the drafted "Call Your Lawmakers" above to request support. Please give us 10 minutes of your time to demand #FarmRanchHelp!

Find your House Representative(s) here and/or Senator(s) here

Click on the survey that most applies to you, if more than one applies please return and complete all applicable surveys. 

View Survey Results Here.

IAC has taken all necessary measures to ensure that our staff will continue to be able to meet the needs of our Member Tribes and the 80,000 producers across Indian Country. Our staff information has been updated to reflect duty stations.

 

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USDA Tribal-Specific Resource Site

About the Office of Tribal Relations:

The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as a single point of contact for Tribal issues and works to ensure that relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the American Indians and Alaska Native constituents they impact.

https://www.usda.gov/tribalrelations

Overview of FSA's CFAP for Livestock Producers
SBA EIDL Application Helpful “How to” video:
CFAP Application

A CFAP Payment Calculator is available to assist with the CFAP application process. This Excel workbook allows you to input information specific to your operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form. 
NOTE: Microsoft Excel is required to use this workbook.

Producers who are interested in filling out the application manually can also download the application form, AD-3114. If you need more space, you should use the AD-3114A continuation form.

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Signup Begins May 26:

USDA will begin taking applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 

 

As part of applying for the program, you’ll need to contact the Farm Service Agency county office at your local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment. 

 

Find your office at farmers.gov/cfap.

 

Your local FSA staff will work with you to apply for the program, and through forms asking for this type of information:

  • Contact

  • Personal, including your Tax Identification Number

  • Farming operating structure

  • Adjusted Gross Income to ensure eligibility

  • Direct deposit to enable payment processing

 

Please do not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call. 

 

FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed.    

 

If you are an existing customer, this information is likely on file at your local Service Center. 

What Can You Do Now?

While the application process has not started, you can start gathering and understanding your farm’s recent sales and inventory.

How Will USDA Accept Applications?

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Once the application period opens, please call your FSA county office to schedule an appointment.

sBA ANNOUNCES AG ONLY LoAN Program

The details of this program are still evolving, and you are applying under penalty of perjury for false statements. Successful applicants may be eligible for up to a $10,000 advance on the loan payment, which MAY not need to be repaid.  Loan terms are 3.75% interest and up to 30 years for repayment. A more detailed resource guide is available from our friends at Farmer's Legal Action Group, click here for details. 

Technical Assistance
  • Because it’s simple: No Farms No Food® 

    • The Farmer Relief Fund is fully funded by donations. All of the money raised will​ go to directly to Farmers who have been affected by COVID-19. Learn more here.

  • FSA Changes 

    • The Farm Service Agency has made some recent changes to the way they provide their services. They will be conducting all work by phone appointment. The FSA has also made changes to farms loans, disaster, conservation and safety net programs. Learn more here.

Federal/National Resources
  • Food Systems Leadership Network COVID-19 Response Group

    • ​This listserv is for organizations and individuals working across the value chain to develop resilient and equitable food systems that generate good food, health, and opportunity for all. It is an online space to engage in candid, generative, and open exchange of ideas and innovative solutions in response to the impact of COVID-19 in our communities and on our work. Learn more here.
  • Payroll Protection Program

    • You or someone you know may be eligible for a loan from the SBA to help cope with the COVID Crisis. You will have up to two years to pay the loan back and the interest rate is .5%. Depending on the level of program use, up to 25% of this loan could be forgiven if you maintain staffing levels and use the proceeds for certain expenses such as: payroll, mortgage and interest, rent, and utility costs. If you'd like assistance in applying on behalf of your agribusiness or help with navigating through the eligibility requirements please contact us.

    • The announcement is here.  

    • Apply here.

  • Supporting Our Community: Farm to School and COVID-19

    • ​National Farm to School believes in everyone working together during this time, whether it be businesses, organizations, schools, farms or individuals in general. They have shifted their efforts to provide resources that guide these productions when facing sudden change. Learn more here.

  • USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage:

    • Rural development has identified steps to enhance community development, strengthen rural economies and infrastructure, and alleviate the stress experienced by small businesses. Learn more here.

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