Relief for Rural Communities and Family Farmers
The MDA has compiled a list of helpful resources for Minnesotan farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MDA has extended the application deadline for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant to March 16, 2021. This is the result of additional federal COVID-19 relief funds granted to the program.
The USDA has rural development resources available specifically for Minnesota.
Resources on food assistance, farming concerns, the food supply chain, and more are available on the United States Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 webpage.
The United States Department of Agriculture has created a resource page specifically for farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on insurance, farm credit, and updates on the status of the currently closed Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). You can view these resources here, or also visit the USDA’s Farmers.gov website for additional resources.
The Farm Credit Administration provides information about the Paycheck Protection Program and guidance for Farm Credit System institutions for making loans under the program.
The USDA provides financial resources and support for rural communities, residents and businesses through its Rural Development mission area.
The HRSA has provided a comprehensive resource page for rural communities related to CBD grant programs. Community-Based Division (CBD) grant programs provide funding to increase access to health care in rural communities and to address their unique health care challenges.
Resources regarding rural health care and rural maternal care during the COVID-19 pandemic are provided by the CMS.