Resources for Farmers

A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

The most significant agricultural provision is the creation of a new $9.5 billion disaster relief program to provide “support for producers impacted by the coronavirus.” The funding is reserved for:

  • Specialty crop producers
  • Livestock producers (including dairy)
  • Producers that supply local food systems (including farmers markets, restaurants, and schools

Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief – A Publication of Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. Several of the programs discussed in this Guide are the product of the CARES Act. This guide will focus on how these various programs can provide relief to farmers.

Safe Food Handling Practices 
Please review the US Food and Drug Administration’s FAQ’s regarding COVID-19, scroll down to “Food Products”. Please also review the FDA’s Safe Handling Protocols for your farm.

Farmer Relief Fund – American Farmland Trust
Farms and ranches engaged in direct sales are estimated to lose anywhere from $700 million to $1.3 billion in sales between March and May alone. All monies raised will go directly to farmers. The fund will award eligible farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The initial focus will be on farms that sell at farmers markets or to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products. That’s why AFT is launching the Farmer Relief Fund.

Small Business Administration – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. You can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. Visit for a list of SBA lenders.

Financial Support for Small Farm & Food Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: King County DNRP Agriculture Program has collected local, state and federal resources for Washington State food and farm businesses impacted by the spread of COVID-19 in a single document. Most federal support for farms comes through USDA crop insurance and FSA disaster programs.

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19: The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. We will add to this list as more resources become available.

  • Assessing your financial institution
  • Unemployment help
  • Trouble paying credit cards, mortgage, or rent
  • Student loans deferment
  • Short term and emergency loans
  • Paying utilities, insurance issues, avoiding scams

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USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs
USDA offers a variety of programs and services to help communities, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

USDA Rural Development  – USDA is granting lenders a temporary exception to offer payment deferrals for Agency guaranteed loan programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources – Washington State Department of Agriculture

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resources in Washington State – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship 
Business resources which includes information on financial assistance and SBDC resiliency webinars.

Farmer’s Market Guidance for Safe Operations