Strengthening resilience from the ground up

The profound challenges we face today underscore that we are all part of a living community. Individual human health is dependent on the health of the world around us, including our ecosystems. Our resilience to disease is directly related to the nutrients in our soils, the quality of our food, air and water, and our ability to be out in nature. Our food, water and economic security depend on the health and productivity of our lands and the wellbeing of those who steward those lands. And, as evidenced everywhere today, our survival and prosperity ultimately will hinge on our ability to cooperate in the care of our living community as a whole.

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance another option for small producers

Following our post last week on how farms and ranches can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we…

How to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program for your ranch

There is a new government program called the Paycheck Protection Program that is meant to help businesses keep employees on staff during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Alexis Bonogofsky of the Quivira Coalition participated in an informational webinar put on by an organization called Farm Commons that went over the details of how you can utilize the program. She summarizes that information in this post.

How the COVID-19 relief package can help western landowners

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes specific provisions for critical sectors of the economy, with particular assistance for agricultural businesses and land managers. In the following, we lay out these provisions and, where appropriate, how to avail yourself of them.


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From the press, pulled from our Western Digest

USDA to provide additional direct assistance to farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus

President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup…

USDA implements immediate measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. View the official Stakeholder Announcement here, which includes a list…

Ranchers organize to feed hungry Montanans

Matt Pierson, a Livingston native, is working to connect people who want to help with people who need help. And that’s how the Producer Partnership, a statewide nonprofit helping to feed…

Small processors step up to ease beef supply-chain woes

Meatpacking plant closures caused by coronavirus outbreaks, including one at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado, sent shockwaves through the food system. But some small producers were ready to seize…

‘We really need help’: Coronavirus overwhelms rural communities

The pandemic sweeping through major U.S. cities is now wreaking havoc on rural communities, with some recording the nation’s most new confirmed cases per capita in the past two weeks.…

Young farmers have been shut out of federal assistance during the pandemic

The federal government’s PPP and CFAP relief programs leave out beginning farmers even as the coronavirus decimates their primary sales outlets. Talk to young farmers and one verb comes up…

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