Below are some financial resources to help you continue to stay in production.
As more information and opportunities become available, we will update this page accordingly.
NATIONAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Information regarding federal resources available at this time.
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to assist Americans, was signed into law. Per Senator Schatz, at least $6.1 billion of the relief package will be coming to Hawaii in the form of state and county assistance, unemployment assistance, rent and mortgage relief, COVID-19 vaccine distribution, agriculture funding, and much more.
Here’s how the new law will impact the agriculture community:
–Assistance to Agricultural Producers from USDA. Through the American Rescue Plan, USDA will receive $4 billion to provide additional relief to producers nationally.
-$3.6 billion will be utilized to purchase food and agricultural commodities and seafood, make grants and loans for small to midsized farms, and make payments for certain crop losses.*
-$400 million will be used to conduct animal surveillance (relating to COVID-19) and to reduce the amount of overtime inspection costs for federally inspected small and very small meat, poultry, and egg producers.
–Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (USDA). Provides $1 billion to the USDA to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
More details will be provided as the USDA develops each program.
*The $4 billion allocated to the USDA in the American Rescue Plan will be added to the $13 billion provided by the COVID Relief Law from December 2020.
In December 2020, Congress passed, and later signed by the president, a $900 billion COVID-19 Relief Package to assist Americans. Through the relief package, it provided an additional round of direct payments, unemployment benefits, education funding, and aid to sectors that are still negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Additionally, it extended funding allocated by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) to be spent by December 31, 2021. Here’s how the stimulus will impact the agriculture community:
-$13 billion was allocated for agriculture production in new agricultural aid. This includes direct payments to producers, protections for food and agriculture workers, and specific support for smaller producers.
-Allows the USDA secretary to provide aid to biofuel producers who have been impacted by the steep drop in gasoline consumption in 2020.
-Established a loan calculation for the initial round of the PPP loans for farmers and ranchers and allows Farm Credit System Institutions to be eligible to make loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Small Business Administration (SBA) offers different COVID-19 relief options to give small businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations. Currently, the SBA is offering the following programs:
–Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): a loan that provides assistance to keep workers employed. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2021*.
–Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): this loan was designed to help businesses meet operating expenses that could have been met had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred.
–Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program: this program allows small businesses, that have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender, to access up to $25,000 quickly. The program was established to provide support for a temporary loss of revenue and can be utilized while business owners apply for assistance through the EIDL program.
The USDA announced, on January 27, 2021, that they will be temporarily suspending past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm Loan programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
USDA will temporarily suspend non-judicial foreclosures, debt offsets or wage garnishments, and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice; and will be working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to stop judicial foreclosures and evictions on accounts that were previously referred to the Department of Justice.
Additionally, they have extended deadlines for producers to respond to loan servicing actions, including loan deferral consideration for financially distressed and delinquent borrowers. In addition, for the Guaranteed Loan program, flexibilities have been made available to lenders to assist in servicing their customers.
USDA Farm Service Agency – Hawaii Offices
Please feel free to utilize the contact information below to get ahold of your local FSA office.
|Hawaii County||Maui County|
|Contact: Lester Ueda, County Executive Director||Contact: James Robello, County Executive Director|
|Phone: (808) 933-8341
Fax: (855) 356-9492
|Phone: (808) 871-5500 x 105
Fax: (855) 356-9494
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
|Oahu County||Kauai County|
|Contact: Jason Shitanishi, County Executive Director||Contact: Robert Ishikawa, County Executive Director|
|Phone: (808) 861-8538 x 104
Fax: (855) 356-9490
|Phone: (808) 245-9014 x 104
Fax: (855) 356-9495
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
In preparation for the new sign-up date, producers can check whether their commodities are eligible for the CFAP program on the USDA’s CFAP 2: Eligible and Ineligible Commodities page. If you have already submitted a CFAP application, you will not have to apply again.
Please note that applications received from contract growers as part of CFAP Additional Assistance (CFAP AA) will be on hold until further notice. These applications will most likely require additional modifications. FSA will continue to accept applications from interested contract growers during this evaluation period.
For more details, please visit the CFAP page.
LOCAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Information regarding local resources available at this time. The resources listed are provided by the counties.
The American Rescue Plan was recently signed by President Biden. More information regarding funding opportunities from the County of Hawaii will come.
The American Rescue Plan was recently signed by President Biden. More information regarding funding opportunities from the County of Maui will come.
The American Rescue Plan was recently signed by President Biden. More information regarding funding opportunities from the City & County of Honolulu will come.