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COVID-19 Livestock News

Posted on 04/08/2020
COVID-19 Livestock News

COVID-19 Livestock News

We are putting information in one location as a resource in regards to COVID-19, livestock, farming and ranching.  


COVID-19 Resources:
Business and Industry CARES Act Program

With USDA Rural Development's Business & Industry CARES Act Program, rural business and
agricultural lenders can partner with USDA to help support and revitalize the economic infrastructure of rural communities impacted by the pandemic.

USDA has nearly $1 billion in loan guarantee authority that must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, agricultural producers may access this program if they are ineligible for financing
from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

You can read the full article on COVID-19 Resources:  Business and Industry CARES Act Program.


Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

Congress recently passed and President Trump signed today the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020”. This Act was designed to make the PPP more borrower friendly. We are now waiting for the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Treasury to develop rules and provide guidance for implementation of the Act.

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 document


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

The Farm Service Agency just posted information about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

CFAP will provide vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Eligible commodities include the following, and USDA will consider additional crops to be eligible for CFAP by collecting information on potentially eligible crops.

  • Non-specialty Crops: malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat
  • Wool
  • Livestock: cattle, hogs, and sheep (lambs and yearlings only)
  • Dairy
  • Specialty Crops
    • Fruits: apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelons
    • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, dry onions, green onions, peppers, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, taro
    • Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts
    • Other: beans, mushrooms

Beginning May 26, USDA's Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. The application form and a payment calculator for producers will be available online once signup begins.

Eligible producers (person or legal entity) must have suffered a 5% or greater price decline as a result of the pandemic and face substantial marketing costs for inventories. Also, eligible producers must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 in 2015-2017. If 75% of their AGI comes from farming/ranching/forestry, the limit does not apply. Other eligibility rules are available on the web site.

Producers will receive 80% of their maximum total payment (not to exceed $250,000 or $750,000 for corporations) upon approval of the application. The balance will be paid at a later time and if funds are available.

Farmers and ranchers and foresters should consult with their local FSA personnel and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program website.


Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers, Ranchers, and Ag Businesses

The Small Business Administration is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications by agricultural businesses only. The EIDL Program can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance to eligible businesses and private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of a declared disaster. It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits a successful applicant to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster. EIDLs do not replace lost sales or revenue.  You can read the full article on Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers, Ranchers, and Ag Businesses.


Colorado State University Extension COVID-19 Resource Page

A Colorado State University COVID-19 resource page has been created.  The resource areas identified include: Food & Food Safety, Home with Children, Finances, Nutrition & Wellbeing, Farmers, Horses/Livestock, Disinfecting, Community, and Older Adults.  Check out all of the resources at Colorado State University COVID-19.


Helpful Links

Below are websites with information:


Preparing for Supply Chain Disruption due to COVID-19

Supply chain disruptions pose significant threats to businesses of any size, particularly agriculture related businesses involved with live animal production and those that solely provide for a family. Disruptions also pose great risks to restaurants and food service industries. Risks can arise from any sources, including natural disasters, political actions, and more recently, the viral outbreak of COVID-19 causing chaos across the world.  You can read the full article on Preparing for Supply Chain Disruption due to COVID-19.


High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Agricultural businesses are part of the Nation's critical and essential infrastructure -- keeping the country fed and clothed during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. During this time, it's important to take proper precautions and prevent the spread of the virus on your farm or ranch to protect you, your family, and your employees.

HICAHS has pulled together resources from across the region to help you manage your business, your health, and your stress during these challenging times. You'll find all these resources on our brand new website, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.


COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that 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 resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America.  Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.  You can read the full article on COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide.

For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19.

For the latest news from the CDC on COVID-19.


Colorado Livestock Association COVID-19 Resources

We know this is an unprecedented time, and the Colorado Livestock Association leadership and staff will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials to keep the continuity of business intact while taking into account the serious public health consequences of COVID-19.

The Federal Government passed the CARES Act to support small businesses including agriculture. Below is information on the Act.

You can find resources about Assistance for Small Businesses Available Through the CARES Act and COVID-19 Workplace Health Resources at Colorado Livestock Association.


Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 27th. The Act contains a number of provisions intended to provide relief to Americans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health and economic crisis. Additionally, many federal and state departments and agencies have instituted or are in the process of instituting new rules and procedures, though temporary in some cases, for staff and constituents. You can read the full article on How Might the CARES Act Impact You?


Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year:
Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

In light of rapidly changing recent gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, we have compiled a cattle processing/ group work recommendations document. We recognize that beef cattle production is an essential business and have been working to ensure there are minimal disruptions to operations. During this pandemic, we encourage you to be a good neighbor and look for specific ways to operate your activities without transmitting human disease.  You can read the full article on Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year: Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission


Spring Processing and Turn Out: 
How to Make it a Successful Season

Spring-time is “Go Time” on the farm or ranch. Field work has begun and cattle producers are finishing calving and getting ready for spring processing and summer turnouts. Preparing for important spring and early summer activities can help make the day and season a successful one.  You can read the full article on Spring Processing and Turn Out: How to Make it a Successful Season.  An example of Six Feet Away (Steer Length).  An example of Six Feet Away (Horse Length).


COVID-19: Best Practices for Sharing Farm Vehicles

Agriculture is a critical and essential business during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  It is important to take proper precautions and prevent the spread of the virus on your farm or ranch to protect you, your family, and your employees.  Review these guidelines for limiting the spread of Coronavirus through trucks, tractors, ATVs, and other farm vehicles.  You can read the full article on COVID-19: Best Practices for Sharing Farm Vehicles.