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Farmers permitted access to EIDL loans for first time

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For the first time, the USDA has granted eligibility for agriculture producers to apply for assistance through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

The application portal has now been reopened to farmers only, with more information available at

Participating in the EIDL program will not impact a producer’s eligibility for USDA’s forthcoming Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or any other USDA farm program, nor will the duplicate benefit provision provided under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received.

Additionally, a reminder that May 15 is the deadline to sign up for USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program.

Unemployment reminder

The State Department of Labor has launched a new program to remind those who have applied for unemployment benefits that Federal law requires them to recertify every week.

As a first step of this campaign, labor officials sent an email over the weekend to nearly 90k New Yorkers whose unemployment benefit claims are completed, processed, and payable — but still require submission of weekly certification in order to be paid.

Going forward, DOL will regularly send emails informing New Yorkers when they are able to begin certifying and receiving their benefits.

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