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What Changes Are in the New Stimulus Bill That Affect Farmers?

1/19/2021

There were many items in this legislation that affected farmers. There were changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance grants, and Employee Retention Credit (ERC), as well as, additions or extensions to other Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs.

Application Period Opens for Improved Round of Paycheck Protection Program

1/15/2021

Today’s article highlights the PPP improvements that will benefit farmers and ranchers, including new qualifying expenses, using gross farm income to determine loan amounts and reducing the level of required losses to qualify.

USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

1/15/2021

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program.

New Quality Loss Adjustment Program for 2018 & 2019 losses

1/14/2021

USDA announced on January 5, 2021 that the Quality Loss Adjustment Program will assist producers whose eligible crops suffered quality losses due to qualifying drought, excessive moisture, flooding, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, or wildfires occurring in calendar years 2018 and/or 2019.

SBA Has Issued Rules for First Draw, Second Draw, and Increased PPP Loans

1/12/2021

On Monday, December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) ?, which contains a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that, among many other initiatives, reauthorizes and modifies the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

New effort helps promote the growth of lavender farming in Iowa

1/7/2021

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) received a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

The story behind the chop

1/7/2021

Young farmer gets his start by selling pork directly to customers

USDA seeks members for advisory committee on urban agriculture

1/6/2021

The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices as well as identify any barriers to urban agriculture.

National Poll Shows COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

1/6/2021

A strong majority of farmers/farmworkers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health, and more than half say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago, according to a new American Farm Bureau poll.

New digital passport encourages travelers to explore Iowa’s Scenic Byways

1/5/2021

The Iowa Tourism Office today announced a free digital passport for travelers to discover the beauty of Iowa’s scenic byways and the unique attractions, shops, and restaurants along the way, while also qualifying for discounts and prizes.

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