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Paycheck Protection Program gives support to Food, Agriculture and Forest Products Companies

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 08:36:16-04

LANSING, Mich. — Monday morning, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that they had resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders. This is a second round of funding that will provide an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and it is expected that this round of funding will be exhausted quickly.

“We encourage all Michigan food, agriculture and forest products companies to work with their SBA lenders and accounting firms to determine if this program can provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “In the initial round, thousands of Michigan companies received support, but we know many more companies are in need of financial support, and we hope this additional funding will provide an influx of capital needed at this critical time.”

The PPP was created by the CARES Act and offers forgivable loans for businesses, including farms, that use most of the money to retain or rehire workers. Farms are eligible if (i) the farm has 500 or less employees, OR (ii) it fit within the revenue-based sized standard, which is an average annual receipt of $1 million.

Eligible farms can get a $10,000 grant for temporary loss of revenue and borrow up to $2-10 million under the program.

In addition, $60 billion has been added to the Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan (EIDL) program, with $50 billion in loan authority and $10 billion for grants. For the first time, agricultural enterprises are now eligible for the disaster assistance from EIDL.

More information can be found at www.sba.gov or here.