|1. It’s time to dust off your old plans and breathe new life into great ideas! There are unrestricted funds flowing to states from the American Rescue Act.
2. There are $3.6 billion in discretionary funds coming from the American Rescue Act to be used directly for agriculture and food related programs. A comment period on how to use those funds is open with the USDA now.
3. Your farmer constituents, and others with a stake in the farm and food system, can visit farmers.gov for immediate access to relief, including significant funding still available through the CARES Act.
4. There is $5 billion allocated in direct support for socially disadvantaged farmers including debt relief. Here is more information about who qualifies and how to access those resources.
5. Be sure you are engaging with local food and farm organizations in your area, not just the ones that can afford lobbyists. If you need help finding them, call us!
6. Work with local governments. Initiate the conversation by pulling together county elected officials, your local USDA representative and your State Department of Agriculture. The American Rescue Act is also a great opportunity to think about matching grants. See what Michigan is doing.