COVID-19 Resources

PPP Loan Forgiveness Update

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule that simplifies the loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000...

National Impact and Response to COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on people’s health and the economy is unprecedented in most of our lifetime. It is projected the...

What is in CARES Act for Agriculture?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has roiled the U.S. economy, Congress passed the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)...

Additional $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

Business and Industry CARES Act Program (Announced May 21, 2020, funding expires Sept. 30, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is making...

Farm Bureau Sends Guidance to the President, Congress, and Federal Agencies

Farm Bureau and several other organizations concerned about possible disruptions in the food supply chain have jointly sent a letter to President Trump emphasizing...

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Update April 20, 2020: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost...

Guidance on Paid Leave and Sick Leave

The IRS and DOL have released details about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These details explain employer requirements to provide leave and...

Mental Health

From the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network: When it comes to what is happening with COVID-19/novel coronavirus, a lot is changing in our state, our country,...

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by...

Homeland Security Guidance on Critical Infrastructure

Update April 20, 2020: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a DHS agency, released version 3.0 of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers guidance to...

Guidance for Livestock Sales from TN Department of Agriculture

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to livestock markets and farm production sales based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of...

Guidance for Pick-Your-Own Operations

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released guidance to Pick-Your-Own operations based upon CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access to fruits...

Farm Worker and Food Safety

Safety remains a top priority across the food chain, with everyone—from the farm to the grocery store—doing their part to take great care and...

H2A Update

Press Release 4-15-20:  Department of Homeland Security to Temporarily Amend Certain H2A Requirments The State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications...

Useful Resources for Farms During COVID-19

American Farm Bureau has developed this webpage about COVID-19’s impact to agriculture and useful resources for farms. Below are resources and communications tools to...

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program

UPDATE April 15, 2020 The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule (IFR) that provides guidance for sole-proprietors wanting to access benefits through...

Information Regarding Tennessee’s “Stay at Home” Order

On April 2, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 23 which requires all Tennesseans to "stay at home" except for anyone engaging in essential...