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June 8, 2020 - USDA Updates Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) State Data

Figures include approved applications that have been forwarded for payment processing. The data will be updated weekly and are now available on FFIS’s COVID-19 state allocations spreadsheet.

June 3, 2020 - USDA Updates COVID-19 Resource Guide for Rural Communities

April 28, 2020 - Administration Enforces Defense Production Act to Maintain Meat Supply

April 27, 2020 - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Makes $3 Billion Available for Purchasing Food 

The funds are available for the purchase and distribution of fresh produce and dairy and meat products for individuals facing challenges due to COVID-19. AMS will invite prospective food vendors (including governmental organizations) to submit responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP).

April 21, 2020 - USDA Provides Flexibility for Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Borrowers

Beginning immediately through September 30, 2020, payments may be deferred for up to one year for borrowers that are unable to make payments of principal and interest due to COVID-19.

April 20, 2020 - USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Releases Plan for COVID-19 Spending Oversight

April 9, 2020 - Marketing Assistance Loans to Mature at 12 Months Instead of Nine

The extension for producers is part of the implementation of the CARES Act. 

April 8, 2020 - USDA Publishes COVID-19 Resource Guide for Rural Communities

The guide provides rural entities (including state and local governments) with a matrix of resources that can be used to support response efforts to COVID-19. It contains government-wide information on technical assistance, financial assistance opportunities, and other general resources for affected communities.

April 8, 2020 - USDA Provides Additional Flexibilities for Rural Development Loan Payments

March 31, 2020 - USDA Allows Payment Deferrals for a Host of Rural Services

USDA will temporarily allow lenders with guaranteed loans to unilaterally offer payment deferrals to their customers who may be experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy applies to the Business and Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Energy for America Program Loan Guarantees, Community Facilities Loan Guarantees, and Water and Waste Loan Guarantees from March 31 to September 30.

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Updated June 12, 2020