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AG BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Services and resources to help agriculture and food businesses respond to COVID-19

UVM Extension Business Coaching
Extension educators are available for business coaching and can assist with locating resources, help with critical business decision-making, assessing changes to markets, financial planning and other issues facing your enterprises

Free Mediation Services from the Environmetal Mediation Center 
Free mediation services for Vermont farmers 

Farm First Mental Health Assistance
Mental health assistance and counseling for farmers and farm families 

Vermont Legal Food Hub
Free legal services for Farmers, food entrepreneurs and related organizations 

Free Consultation Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program
Professional assistance from Americanhort and Kcoe Isom

Surplus Food and Labor Coordination
Spreadsheet from Farm to Institution New England for connecting those with surplus food and labor to those who need it.

Distribution Matchmaking Tool
NOFA-VT tool for sharing and matching product and distribution between farmers and producers

Manufacturing Exchange Vermont
New platform for connecting people and supply chains

CARES Act Guide for Farm and Food Businesses
Farm and food business focused overview of the CARES Act

Online Ordering Platforms
Comprehensive guide covering costs and functionality of various online sales platforms 

Guidance for Vermont Forest Economy Sector
COVID-19 related guidance from the VT Department of Forests

Webinar - Employment issues in the COVID-19 Environment 
COVID-19 related information about labor, unemployment, from the VT Retail and Grocers Association  

Podcast Series - Legal Resillience on the farm through COVID19
Ongoing discussion of COVID-19 related legal issues 

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Resources for Farms and Agricultural Businesses looking for Financial Assistance in response to COVID-19

Vermont Agency of Agriculture - Farm to School infrastructure Grant 
$1,000 grants for infrastructure or supplies to pursue farm to school goals and/or adapt meal programs in response to COVID-19

SBA Disaster Assistance - Economic Injury Disaster Loan*
Provides businesses with up to $10,000 in immediate loan assistance 
*The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding 

SBA Disaster Assistance - Paycheck Protection Program - Loan*
Provides an incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan amount will be based on 2.5 months of a business's payroll. 
*The SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time based on available appropriations funding. Applications that have already been submitted will continue to be processed. 

Vermont Community Foundation - COVID-19 Response Fund Grant 
Supports nonprofits that are particularly equipped to address community impacts of the spread of the novel coronavirus in Vermont. Flexible, one time general operating grants. 

Vermont Community Foundation - Special and Urgent Needs Grant 
Helps Vermont nonprofits with unexpected expenses that impact their ability to meet their mission with grants of $500 to $5,000

NOFA - Vermont - Farmer Emergency Fund Grant 
Available to assist Vermont certified organic and NOFA Vermont member commercial farmers who are in financial need after having been adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters. Farmers may request up to $2,500

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Grant 
$1,000 grants for organizations with budgets under $100,000

GENYOUth Emergency School Nutrition Grant
Grants up to $3,000 per school for resources needed for meal distribution and delivery during COVID-19

American Farmland Trust Grant
Cash grants of up to $1,000 for COVID-19 relief for products with annual gross revenue between $10K and $1M from sales and farmers markets. 

Food Animal Concerns Trust - Small Grants for Livestock and Poultry Farmers 
Accepting mini-grant applications of up to $500 from livestock and poultry farmers who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello Alice - Business for All emergency Grant 
Offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
 

Vermont Farm Fund
Emergency loans for VT Farmers

North Country Federal Credit Union - Relief Loan 
Existing members of North Country Federal Credit Union whose income is affected by COVID-19 could be eligible to receive loans of up to $5,000

USDA Rural Development - Loan Relief 
Loan Relief for Section 515 Multi- Family properties, Single Family Housing, and Rural Utilities Grantees. 

Vermont State Employees Credit Union Loan 
offering a $2,000 loan with a 24 Month loan term and APR as low as 0% to help any Vermonter suffering a loss of income due to COVID-19 

 

FOOD SAFETY

Resources for Farms and Agricultural Businesses related to food safety and COVID-19

FDA Food Safety and COVID-19 FAQ's
Food Safety guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

UVM Extension - Guide to cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting for produce farms 
a guide to understanding the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. It is focused on produce farms and is motivated by current concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Food Safety Resources
Resources for the food industry from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell

Disinfectants and COVID-19
Resources from the National Pesticide Information Center

CDC Best Practices for Retail Food and Restaurants
Food safety guidance for retail food stores, restaurants and food pick-up and delivery 

 

FOOD ACCESS

Where to get emergency food services, who is helping, and who to contact if you want to help

Hunger Free Vermont 
Food accesss information for Vermonters

Vermont Food Bank
Resources for meeting the needs of people facing hunger in light of COVID-19

Vermont Food Shelf Map
Find a food shelf near you

Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Food assistance for older adults in VT

3 Squares VT
The state office for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Vermont W.I.C
Food assistance for women and infant children

Shift Meals
Food assistance for VT service industry workers impacted by COVID-19

 

CONSUMER RESOURCES

How consumers can get access to food and agriculture products

Dig In VT - Map of Vermont Farmstands 

Edible VT - Partial list of Food and Drink Vendors 

Hunger Free VT - School Meal Delivery Sites 

NOFA VT - Vermont CSA Directory 

VT Retail and Grocers Association - Retailers and Grocers with Curbside pickup or Delivery options 

 

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions related to agriculture and COVID-19

Employment Law Related to COVID-19
FAQ for Vermont farmers and farm workers

Unemployment Insurance
FAQ from the Vermont Department of Labor

Considerations for VT Fruit and Vegetable Growers
FAQ's and resources from UVM Extension 

Foreign Labor - H2A and H2B Visas
U.S. Department of Labor FAQ on foreign workers 

USDA Food Safety Inspection Services COVID-19 FAQ's
FAQ's for commercial meat, poultry and egg businesses

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Additional Resources to help you and your business through COVID-19 including mental health services, public WiFi and resource directories

VT Dept of Public Service 
 Map of public buildings in Vermont where access to wifi internet is publicly available. These sites are accessible at all hours from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lot. 

VT Dept of Public Service Wifi Information
Resources and policies related to internet access and services during the COVID19  crisis. 

VT Health Network
Due to COVID-19, VT Health Connect is offering a special enrollment period (through April 17) for those who do not currently have health insurance to enroll in a qualified health plan and receive premium and cost-sharing assistance, if eligible

Conservation Law Foundation
Directory or legal assistance resources 

VT Manufacturing Extension Center Resource List
Local, state and national resources for companies employees, including manufacturing-related topics and ideas, that can assist with COVID-19 related concerns 

VT Retail and Grocers Association COVID-19 Resources
An extensive list of resources for retail and grocery businesses impacted by COVID-19

NOFA-VT Farmer Resource Page
COVID-19 related resources for VT farmers 

Vegetable and Berry Grower Resources
Information provided by UVM Extension for VT farmers

AmericanHort
Broad collection of ag-related resources

Women's Agricultural Network at UVM 
Information intended to help guide farmers and food producers to resources and support.

VT Peace and Justice Center 
Mutual aid hub - resources broken down by VT region

Edible Vermont - Local Business Support Submission Form
During the COVID-19 crisis, Edible Vermont is compiling a variety of articles as resources for local businesses to share their crisis operations with their readership. 

Vermont League of Cities and Towns 
Resources for Cities and Towns about COVID-19. Common questions and answers