Native Farmer, Rancher and Fisher Sovereignty Series: Sharpening your Tools to Access Data Driven Analysis

The Native CDFI Network, Center for Farm Financial Management and Mvskoke Fund, with support from the Native American Agriculture Fund, are thrilled to announce a partnership that will host a series of webinars.

The series of webinars will be led by the Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM), focused on topics and tools that help Native farmers, ranchers and fishers. CFFM has been improving the financial management abilities of farmers and ranchers since 1984 and has experience in working with Native farmers, ranchers and fishers. CFFM is now bringing their portfolio of tools to Native agriculture. The Native CDFI Network in collaboration with CFFM team of experts, with support from Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), will lead a series of webinars focused on tools Native farmers, ranchers and fishers need to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations. The tools include farm financial planning, financial analysis, business planning, loan application preparation, credit analysis and more.

The panelists are Kevin Klair (CFFM), Pauline Van Nurden (CFFM), Janie Hipp (NAAF) and Jackson Brossy (Native CDFI Network). Together they bring more than 100 years of experience to Indian Country.
Over the course of six webinars, CFFM will share information covering a range of agricultural business and financial management tools.

Webinar titles and schedule are listed in black font. Video links to recorded webinars are listed in blue. The schedule is as follows:

- Wednesday, April 29 at 3 p.m. ET -- Intro Ag Resources Webinar 1

- Wednesday, May 6 at 3 p.m. ET -- Business Planning AG Webinar 2

- Wednesday, May 13 at 3 p.m. ET -- Sources of Farm Financial Information Webinar 3

- Wednesday, May 20 at 3 p.m. ET -- FINPACK Financial Analysis & Planning, Credit Analysis Webinar 4

- Wednesday, May 27 at 3 p.m. ET -- Financial Information and Transition Planning Webinar 5

- Wednesday, June 3 at 3 p.m. ET -- Land Rental Arrangements Webinar 6

Register in advance for this webinar: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZyzrrsBxSR-1eNeUJTuf0g

SBA Relief Loans for AG Businesses

As of May 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it would now be accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances for up to $10,000 for agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees. Historically, the SBA has been prohibited from assisting the agricultural sector during disaster. These are low-interest loans meant to provide relief to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with applications being accepted by agricultural businesses exclusively until further notice.
For any business that has already sent in an application prior to the reopening of this portal, you need not submit again. Your application will be reviewed.
Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
Find the application here: Funding Programs Disaster Assistance
California’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a video that outlines the forms necessary to apply for an EIDL: SBDC Video
Farm Commons has a webinar detailing information about EIDL: Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The Native American Agriculture Fund will continue to monitor updates as it relates to agricultural relief and response in the face of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Applications Start Soon

USDA will soon take applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and agricultural producers will apply through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). For more information, visit farmers.gov/CFAP