Relief for Rural Communities and Family Farmers

FACT SHEET: RELIEF FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND FAMILY FARMERS

 

Update: Minnesota farmers and ranchers are now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration. For more information, click here.


Increased Broadband

Students, Minnesotans working from home and family farmers need reliable internet to stay connected to their education, jobs and markets. The CARES ACT makes $100 million available for high speed internet expansion in small towns and rural communities.


Investments in Rural Health Care

The CARES Act includes a $100 investment in rural hospitals, health care professionals and facilities in rural areas. Additionally, it invests $25 million for telemedicine tools to help rural patients access medical care safely no matter where they live.


Support for Family Farmers

For our farmers and ranchers, the CARES Act includes:

  • A nearly $9.5 billion dedicated disaster fund to help farmers who are experiencing financial losses from the coronavirus crisis.
  • An additional $14 billion to fund the Farm Bill’s farm safety net through the Commodity Credit Corporation.
  • $1 billion available in guaranteed loans to help rural businesses weather the economic downturn.
  • $3 million to increase capacity at the USDA Farm Service Agency to meet increased demand from farmers affected by the coronavirus crisis. Our food processing facilities and supply chains remain safe and secure thanks to the dedicated USDA inspectors on the front lines of meeting the increased demand for food products.

Additional Resources Available

Farm Bureau

The Farm Bureau has information for farmers and those in agriculture regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on business. They also have updates that you can subscribe to here.

National Farmer’s Union

The NFU has information on what they are working on regarding COVID-19 and resources for farmers here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA has a portion of its website dedicated to information on COVID-19 in relation to agriculture. Visit their website here.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has created a page that they are continuously updating with resources. You can find it here.


I AM STAYING AT HOME BUT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ADEQUATE INTERNET SERVICE. WHAT DO I DO?

This website compiled a list of all the internet offers in response to this pandemic. You can find it and information for each service here.

Comcast
Comcast has announced new services and free hotspots to help families work and receive their education from home. Learn more here

Cox
Cox is offering free internet access for the first two months and at a discounted price after for families in need during this time. You can find details here.