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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. this week sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional Leadership encouraging the inclusion of The Farming Support to States Act in the forthcoming COVID-19 aid package. The legislation would provide federal funds to states and other stakeholders to support America’s agriculture industry and help it respond to disruptions in the food supply chain caused by COVID-19.

“More than 40 percent of the Kansas economy is tied to agriculture and earlier this year, we saw the impacts of COVID play out in Southwest Kansas and in other food processing facilities across the state. I was on the front lines of that crisis and saw first-hand the disruptions COVID can create for producers as well as consumers,” said Rep. Marshall. “While the packing plants are back to near 100 percent production levels, the impact on our livestock owners, farmers, and other producers continues. The Farming Support to States Act would enable farmers and ranchers to be more nimble in their response to emerging issues so that our food supply remains as stable as possible in these challenging times.”

The bipartisan Farming Support to States Act would increase the reliability of food access, stabilize food supply chains, address the challenges of keeping the workforce safe and on the job, respond to severe food supply disruptions, prevent and reduce catastrophic losses of livestock, milk, produce and other products, and stabilize rural economies by reducing the impact of agriculture market shocks and panicked herd and farm liquidation. The legislation is supported by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) wishes to issue an important reminder to those applying for grants under the following programs: Small Business Stabilization, Livestock Producer Stabilization.

Be reminded that there are two major steps to completing an application. After filling out an online eligibility form, those who are eligible will receive a confirmation email containing a confirmation number and a link to the full application. You are not finished applying at this point. You must use the link to then complete a full application. Those who do not complete a full application will not receive a grant.

Remember that there is still time to apply for each of the grant programs listed and described below, which are intended to provide support and assistance to Nebraskans negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit https://getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov for more information or to begin the eligibility confirmation and application process. Call the Get Nebraska Growing hotline at 855-264-6858 if you encounter technical difficulties.

  • The Small Business Stabilization Grant Program provides grants to small businesses of 5-49 employees that were impacted by the coronavirus and meet certain eligibility requirements. Applications are due on June 26 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

  • The Livestock Producer Stabilization Grant Program provides grants to eligible livestock producers of 1-10 employees that have endured revenue or employment losses due to the pandemic. Grants for both programs can be used to cover business operating expenses. Applications are due on July 1 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

  • The Workforce Retraining Initiative will provide funds to all of the state’s community colleges for scholarships and workforce training enhancements. In turn, the community colleges will award scholarships to individuals who are unemployed or underemployed due to the coronavirus, in order to prepare them for employment in high-demand career fields. Prospective students will be able to apply for the scholarships online through Nebraska community college websites starting in July. More information is forthcoming.

  • The Rural Broadband Remote Access Grant Program will result in new internet connectivity in communities where work-from-home, tele-education and telehealth opportunities have been limited due to inadequate or non-existent high-speed internet service. Broadband providers, with the support of local community officials, can apply for the grants through July 2, 2020.

  • The Gallup Back to Business Learning Journey will fund admission to a Gallup-led leadership training course for a total of 75-100 leaders from eligible small businesses. The course promotes skills that will help businesses refocus and thrive following the pandemic. Businesses can apply through July 2, 2020.