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General Information on COVID-19
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Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 page has regular updates and federal, and state resources that cross different pieces of the agricultural value chain. This page also includes messages from the Commissioner. General information about selling on online platforms can be found here. This page includes platform profiles and comparison in costs and features to each other.
Federal income tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15th to July 15th. State and local taxes are still due April 15th.
Voter registration deadline has been moved to May 23, 2020 and Kentucky primary elections have been moved to June 23, 2020. To review your registration visit GoVoteKY.com
Farmer Relief $1000 Mini-Grants: American Farmland Trust launched a Farmer Relief Fund that will provide cash grants of up to $1,000 to small and mid-size direct market producers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Applications will be accepted through April 23, with grants starting ~May 1. Information, resources, and applications for farmers are in both English and Spanish. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
FSA Loans: The Farm Service Agency is relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed loans, including extending deadline for applications, temporarily suspending loan accelerations and foreclosures, and considering temporary payment deferral and forbearance. More details HERE.
USDA Single Family Housing Direct Loans: From USDA’s website, “USDA’s Rural Development has placed a foreclosure and eviction moratorium on all USDA Single Family Housing Direct (SFHD) loans for 60 days effective 3/19/2020.”
A Guide for Local Producers to Navigate the COVID-19 outbreak: this guide can help you navigate these uncertain times by offering ideas on:
- Changing your business model.
- Meeting the needs of the market.
- Reaching your customer base without increasing potential exposure to COVID-19.
- Continuing to generate income during this difficult period.
Marketing: Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is answering questions related to marketing in light of COVID-19 HERE.
UK’s Resources for Local Producers and Direct Marketers: This page includes links, information, and support from a broad team of universities, governmental and non-governmental partners working to serve our communities.
Federal Policy Recommendations: National Family Farm Coalition and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are advocating for support for farmers in the next federal economic relief stimulus package. We will keep this page updated if and when any of these measures are adopted.
Visit our Farmers Market COVID-19 Best Practices page for information, resources, and best practices for farmers markets during the pandemic.
Home-based processors guide to COVID-19 can be found here.
Standards & Rights: Visit OSHA’s website for workplace standards and workers’ rights regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
H-2A: USDA is working obtain an emergency designation for H-2A visas, which would allow these farmworkers to continue entering the country. In-person interviews for visa applicants have temporarily been waived. For more updates on H-2A status, visit HERE.
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky has extended the eligibility period by three months for Medicaid, SNAP, & K-TAP cash assistance benefits; participants’ benefits are automatically extended to three months from the original expiration date.
Medicaid: Anyone who has lost their job due to COVID-19 is immediately eligible for Medicaid. Apply HERE.
SNAP/Food Stamps: The COVID-19 Response Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CR-SNAP) package suspends work and training requirements, and allows states to request waivers that provide emergency benefits allowing beneficiaries to stock up at grocery stores. Call 855-306-8959 to apply.
WIC: $500 million in additional funding has been set aside for pregnant persons and mothers under the COVID-19 emergency aid package. Call 1-800-462-6122 to apply.
Seniors: $250 million from the COVID-19 emergency aid package will go toward home-delivered and prepackaged meals for seniors.
Child Feeding Sites: Due to schools closing, Kentucky has been approved to use funding from the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to serve meals at school sites and by delivery. Families can follow information from their school district or visit the KY Dept. of Education webpage for information about meal availability in their area.
Bluegrass Community Foundation Grants: Charitable grants will fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in Central and Appalachia Kentucky and strong experience working to provide residents with access to food, prescriptions/healthcare, and other childcare and basic needs.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan: For small businesses in the local farm and food value chain, Governor Beshear has applied for Kentucky to be included in SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Please note that farms are typically ineligible for these loans. However, agricultural cooperatives usually do qualify. For more information, visit HERE or call 1-800-659-2955. You may prepare your application now and submit once Kentucky’s request is accepted.
Unemployment Insurance: The waiting period & proof of job search for unemployment insurance has been waived. If you or your employees qualify, either call 502-875-0442 or visit uiclaims.des.ky.gov to apply. You may apply by phone from 6:30 am-4:30 pm CT Monday-Friday, or online from 6 am-6 pm CT Monday-Friday and 9 am-8 pm CT on Sunday. Because there is high demand, please apply on the day in accordance with the first letter of your last name:
Sunday = A-D
Monday = E-H
Tuesday = I-L
Wednesday = M-P
Thursday = Q-U
Friday = V-Z and if you missed your day
Small Business Grants from Facebook: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.
The James Beard Foundation is providing grants to independent restaurants to help them weather C-19. More information can be found here. They also have a variety of webinars available to independent restauranteurs as well on a variety of topics relevant to this current crisis.
SafeServ is offering free online courses through April 30th for food handlers and folks doing delivery and curbside pick-up. Is aimed at food service workers, but certainly relevant to our home-based processors and any of our farmers doing delivery or curbside pick-up: https://www.servsafe.com/Landing-Pages/Free-Courses
General Community Support
At times like these, it is imperative for us to hold our neighbors up. Several communities across the state are coordinating mutual aid networks—connecting folks who need help during this time with folks who can offer resources and assistance.