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PPP Funds Still Available

Roughly $100 million is still available through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). If you have not already applied, contact a local bank that works with the SBA to submit your application. Additional aid for farms may be much harder to come by as the year progresses due to … Continued

SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Guidelines and Application

With more than $600 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that are potentially forgivable, nearly all small business owners have one major question: How do I get my loan forgiven? This week the Small Business Administration (SBA) has released its first guidance on that subject along with the application for forgiveness. Both can be … Continued

Can Farms Count H2A Workers on a PPP Loan?

On April 29th, the SBA released its latest guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (READ HERE). Question #33 speaks to this issue: “Question:  Is there existing guidance to help PPP applicants and lenders determine whether an individual employee’s principal place of residence is in the United States? Answer:  PPP applicants and lenders may consider … Continued

SBA Releases PPP Clarifications

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released another document of guidance on its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The FAQ document includes confirmation that agricultural businesses are eligible for PPP. It includes clarification on what non-cash payroll items can be counted toward a PPP Loan such as health care costs, retirement contributions and state and local taxes. … Continued

SBA Releases PPP Rules for Seasonal Employers

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new rules governing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses that use seasonal workers. The new rules help seasonal employers calculate the best loan amount they are able to receive. You can read the rules here: Interim Final Rule on Additional Criterion for Seasonal Employers

NAGA Letter Encourages USDA to Allow Gamebird Businesses to Apply for New Relief Program

On Friday, April 17th, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that will provide $19 billion in aid to farms impacted by COVID-19. USDA is expected to release guidelines including eligibility for the aid in coming weeks. NAGA sent a letter to Secretary Perdue explaining how gamebird businesses have been impacted by COVID-19 … Continued

Congress Approves More Funds for Small Businesses, President Expected to Sign Quickly

On Thursday, April 23rd, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation allocating $310 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and $10 billion more for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Grants. PPP Loans are likely forgivable as long as recipients abide by the guidelines provided by the Small Businesses Administration (SBA). The Emergency Grants can be … Continued

Are people who raise gamebirds as a side business eligible for PPP or EIDL?

QUESTION:  Are people who raise gamebirds as a side business eligible for PPP or EIDL? ANSWER:  If the small-scale farmer is a sole proprietor, he/she should go the self-employed independent contractor PPP route, bringing the proper documentation (possibly Form 1040 records of farm income would be the best proof to establish “payroll”). If the small-scale farmer … Continued

Can PPP or EIDL funds be used to make up the difference between the cost of raising a bird and the cost a bird was sold for as a result of COVID-19?

QUESTION:  Can PPP or EIDL funds be used to make up the difference between the cost of raising a bird and the cost a bird was sold for as a result of COVID-19?   ANSWER: Short Answer:  The answer for PPP loans is, “No, a person can’t use PPP loan proceeds to pay for revenue reductions, but … Continued

Latest Congressional Extension of COVID-19 Relief Bill: More Money and Clarification That Agricultural Businesses are Eligible for Disaster Loans/Grants

Funds available for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program ran out shortly after Congress passed the CARES Act, as the Small Business Administration was swamped with applications. Fortunately, President Trump and Congress have reached an agreement to provide more funding for these programs ($310 billion for the PPP and $10 … Continued

USDA’s $19 Billion in COVID-19 Relief for Farmers and Food Banks Sparks Questions About Who Will Benefit

“While some industry trade associations, hunger relief organizations, and federal lawmakers welcomed the Trump administration’s new pledge to provide $19 billion in relief from the coronavirus pandemic to farmers and food banks nationwide, policy groups, and reporters highlighted that the announcement lacked critical details about who will benefit.” Read the full article HERE.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans May Be an Option for Gamebird Businesses

In addition to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), many NAGA members have wondered if gamebird businesses are also eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Here’s where things currently stand: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), passed by Congress on March 27th, governs … Continued

NAGA’s letter to the SBA

Click the link below to read NAGA’s letter to the SBA: NAGA Letter to SBA   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal advisers on their own specific applications.

US Chamber’s Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Click the link below for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans: US Chamber’s Guide to SBA’s EIDL   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or … Continued

US Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide

Click the link below for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist: US Chamber Coronavirus Guide   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal … Continued

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Click the link below for the Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act: Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal … Continued

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet

Click the link below for the Paycheck Protection Program Information Fact Sheet: PPP Borrower Information Fact Sheet   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal advisers on their own specific … Continued

Paycheck Protection Program Application

Click the link below for the Paycheck Protection Program Application: Borrower Paycheck Protection Program Application   Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice and does not guarantee eligibility or approval of any government program. NAGA strongly advises interested gamebird businesses to consult with their own financial or legal advisers on their own specific applications. 

Reasons Why Hunting Preserves in Ohio Can Stay Open

  Ohio gamebird businesses are essential businesses that provide livestock (gamebirds) as food in a safe manner that easily allows the practicing of social distance requirements. The Ohio Order provides a list of Essential Businesses and Operations that may stay open. Section 12, item (b) of the list of permitted businesses states: “Stores that sell … Continued

Reasons Why Hunting Preserves in Wisconsin Can Stay Open

Wisconsin gamebird businesses are essential businesses that provide livestock as food in a safe manner that easily allows the practicing of social distance requirements. The Wisconsin Order provides a list of Essential Businesses that may stay open. Section 13, item (c) of the list of permitted businesses states: “Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture. … Continued

Explaining Why Gamebird Businesses Are Still Open

Over the last two weeks, an increasing number of states have heavily restricted businesses and travel, with six, so far, going as far as issuing “shelter-in-place” orders that limit travel, business operations and activities to those that are defined as “essential.” Although many of these orders are similarly worded, there are enough differences to leave … Continued

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