COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

 

SCFB State Office Operating Procedure 

The SCFB Products Program is still open for business offering delivery and curbside pickup. Contact the team at 1-800-849-3778.

SCDA Information

Farmers looking to setup on-farm pickups, click here to be added to the Carolina Farm Stewardship map.

To be added to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture list of local farms, contact LauraKate McAllister by email or phone (Office: 803-734-2224 |  Cell: 803-667-7829).

Clemson Extension Information

Clemson Extension offices are closed to the public, but agents are still working and soil samples are still being processed. Click below for more information.

Extension Office Services

Soil Samples

All S.C. pesticide applicators who were licensed as of Dec. 31, 2019 but have not already renewed as of April 1, 2020, will have their licenses extended through Dec. 31, 2020 if they meet specific requirements.

Department of Pesticide Regulation

On-Farm Guidance

COVID-19 is not known to be a food borne illness, but good sanitary practices remain of the utmost importance. Here are some resources to protect your farm and yourself should you open to the public.

SC Grower Covid-19 Resources

NCSU Covid-19 Resources

Guidelines for U-Pick Farms 

Employee Safety

Safety and Prevention Resources (English and Spanish)

Best Practices (English and Spanish)

SCDHEC COVID Fact Sheet

SCDHEC Stop the Spread of Germs

SCDHEC Quarantine vs Isolation

Employer Resources

For farmers with employees, here are some helpful resources

FAQs for Employers

CDC Resources

Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance

AFBF: Impact of COVID19 on Agriculture 

Corona Virus Prevention on Farms

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Paid Leave IRS Guidance

Dept of Labor Guidance

Temporary Travel Restrictions

H2A FAQs

Dept of Labor FAQs Round 2

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Coronavirus Financial Aid Information

Coronavirus Aid Package Summary

SC DHEC Regulatory Relief

Small Business Association Size Requirements

Small Business Association Loan Eligibility

SBA Lenders Serving SC

USDA Information

NRCS and FSA offices are open by appointment only. 

FSA Office Information

NRCS Office Information

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus state of emergency. Working through Approved Insurance Providers, RMA is ensuring that crop insurance will be delivered.

RMA FAQs

SBA - Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a new guaranteed loan program, which includes $349 billion, for small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll. Eligible businesses include nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees.

Loans are capped at $10 million but can include up to eight weeks of the businesses average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25 percent for non-payroll costs. Seasonal and new businesses will use different calculations. The PPP will be available through June 30, 2020.

The loan will be forgiven if:

All employees are kept or quickly rehired and compensation levels are maintained for eight weeks (payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee) The funds are used for:
  • Payroll and benefits
  • Mortgage interest incurred before February 15, 2020
  • Rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020
  • Utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020.

Farmers can apply for the PPP through any existing SBA 7(a) lenders or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.

Applications can begin on:

April 3, 2020, for small businesses and sole proprietorships through existing SBA 7(a) lenders April 10, 2020, for independent contractors and self-employed individuals through existing SBA 7(a) lenders All federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit unions, and Farm Credit System institutions that are not existing SBA lenders can begin making loans once they are approved and enrolled in the SBA program. New lenders will need to submit their application to DelegatedAuthority@sba.gov to apply with the SBA.

Borrowers will still owe money if:

The loan amount is used for anything other than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities payments over the 8 weeks after getting the loan. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25 percent of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. You will also owe money if you do not maintain your staff and payroll.

PPP Application Form

SBA PPP Rule

PPP Borrower Information Sheet

PPP Lender Information Sheet

SBA Lenders Serving SC

 

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