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COVID-19 Continuity of Service

The 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.


Now more than ever, unleashing the resilience of our people, nations, and food systems, is critical to weathering this storm. 


We are currently analyzing the CARES act recently passed by Congress, and we continue to propose solutions to our partners and advocates for future consideration. We have compiled the following resources for your further research. 


Please add yourself to our mailing list, to stay up to date on the latest implementation news and to participate in our surveys which will help us rebuild our regional and national food networks to insulate us disruptions in the future.

Technical Assistance

Federal/National Resources

  • 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.

  • Farm & Food System Resources amid COVID-19

    • ​Provide farmers with information and resources they need to adapt and sustain their farm businesses. Learn more here.

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

    • ​NFSN is committed to centering their work in racial and social equity, and that need is especially urgent now. This means shifting their energy to focus on advocacy efforts that can help address inequities that directly intersect with farm to school and ECE and are made more glaring in this current health crisis. Learn more here.

  • 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.

  • 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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