COVID-response resources and webinars this week
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COVID Resilience Resources Weekly Update
Volume 2: April 6, 2020

In the face of the uncertainty created by COVID-19, organizations are working hard to provide timely and relevant resources for farmers and local food leaders. The good news is, we are generating as much information as we can, as quickly as we can. The bad news is, all that information can be pretty overwhelming. 

To help you navigate this overload, OEFFA will compile a weekly email featuring the most relevant resources and webinars for our members. Look for it in your inbox every Monday morning until this crisis subsides.

For an up-to-date compilation of "durable" resources, like fact sheets and webpages, please see our COVID-19: News and Resources page.

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Upcoming Webinars

Farmers Markets Physical Redesign for Covid-19 Mitigation 
Monday, April 6, 2020 | 3 p.m. ET | https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/networking/events/
This webinar is full, but they are exploring a livestream option. Even if they cannot stream it, FMC will make the recording available.

Legal Resources

Things are changing fast and none of these resources constitute legal advice, so it's always important to consult legal council, but here are some things we found helpful...

Farm Commons has a great series of podcasts exploring legal considerations brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, particularly labor laws, how recent Congressional action may affect labor management on farms, and important labor law considerations when trying a new marketing outlet like home delivery.

Cornell has a helpful analysis of the employee leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how they may impact farm businesses.

If you use H-2A labor and are concerned about your workers being able to enter the country, the USDA is posting updates on the program and embassy operations in affected countries.

The CARES Act greatly expanded two Small Business Administration loan programs, but questions many about farm eligibility remain. NSAC's blog gives a useful summary of both PPPL and EIDL and the surrounding issues. For more detailed analysis...

Download Farm Commons' recent webinar on Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) here. Current SBA regulations exclude "agricultural enterprises," however there is political pressure on the SBA to reconsider.    

Cornell and the Farm Bureau each posted an analysis of the Payroll Protection Program Loans (PPPL) and how it may apply to farms.

Organic Grain and Coronoavirus Podcast

MOSES is addressing Coronavirus in their podcast series, including this insightful episode on Organic Grain and the Coronavirus featuring organic farmer Carmen Fernholz and economist Ryan Koory of Mercaris.

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