USDA announces COVID-19 Food Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a program that will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Donald J. Trump has directed USDA to craft a $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers. The plan will also maintain the integrity of the food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.
According to the Federal Rural Resource Guide, USDA and its Federal partners, the programs can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses, and communities through technical, training, and management assistance. Financial assistance and state and local assistance.
This resources organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural communities. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
According to the new agreement, effective immediately until Sept. 30, 2020, lenders may offer 180-day loan payment deferrals without prior agency approval for business and industry loan guarantees, Rural Energy for America Program loan guarantee, community facilities loan guarantees, and water and waste disposal loan guarantees.
For more information, visit the Rural Development website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.