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Farmers’ Legal Action Group is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for nearly everyone. At Farmers’ Legal Action Group, our top priority is supporting family farmers and their communities so that farmers can stay on the land. Although our offices are closed to the public during this crisis, FLAG’s attorneys and staff are working full time to help farm families face the stresses of dealing with COVID-19 and its legal and financial consequences.
FLAG’s most recent Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief can be found at the link below.
Also see a quick summary of COVID-19 relief for farmers below, published in collaboration with our partners at Farm Aid, the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Rural Advancement Foundation-International, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury,
intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions
concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section
1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). This
document will be updated on a regular basis.
Question 3 pertains to nonprofit organizations
Question 34 pertains to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers
2019 update of an earlier FMC post about calculating FMLFPP indicators by Metrics team member Darlene Wolnik
Case study of the 2009 FMPP project of the Columbia Farmers Market in Missouri. Within just three months of implementing FMPP-supported radio advertising, the Columbia Farmers Market more than quadrupled the amount of SNAP benefits going directly to local farmers in and around Boone County in 2009.
Case study of the 2011 FMPP project of the George Washington Regional Commission that used a network of farmers markets to
expand EBT access and increase income for 65 farmers.
Increase access to healthy, green, fair, and affordable food or vulnerable children and families while expanding the season extension capacity of Michigan farmers.
In the fall of 2012, the Farmers Market Coalition partnered with Market Umbrella to embark on a research project to understand the activities and impacts of the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), surveying and conducting selected interviews with FMPP grantees awarded grants between 2006 and 2011. Findings reveal that FMPP has supported a wide variety of project types, yielding a diverse set of impacts in hundreds of communities, serving and even helping build the capacity of statewide organizations. Download the full report, read the Green Paper, browse four case studies, or view a slideshow highlighting main findings.
The outcome indicators included in the 2017 FMPP/LFPP RFA.
Kiva.org is a non-profit based in San Francisco, which crowdfunds 0% interest microloans to small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers throughout the United States (and the wider world). Since 2005, Kiva has funded over $850M in loans, crowdfunded by 1.5 million individual lenders.
Kiva’s U.S. lending program is highly focused on the Food and Farm sector, and could be a valuable resource — either for Farmers and Food Producers, or Farmers Markets themselves. Kiva’s loans are up to $10,000, paid back over 3 years. And they really do have no interest and no fees!
The best part of the Kiva model is the community-based approach. Rather than the loan coming from an impersonal financial institution, a $10,000 loan might be crowdfunded by 400 individual people lending $25 each. That’s 400 potential customers, business advisors, brand ambassadors and supporters.
These videos are directly from the curriculum taught in the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance Project’s in-person workshop training on applying for Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants.