College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Farm Financial Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID 19 pandemic, many small farmers need financial assistance. Below are a few government and non-government resources for farmers in need.

A new document – USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources – includes resources for families in single and multi-unit housing and for rural businesses, including farms. Information on loan payment deferrals is also included.  

The SBA offers an Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan, which does not have to be paid back. 

  • American Farmland Trust

The trust has launched a Farmer Relief Fund that supports farmers with annual gross revenue from $10,000 to $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or to businesses that use farm products as inputs.

  • Rural Advancement Foundation International

RAFI-USA is offering Emergency Relief Mini-Grants to farmers who have been drastically impacted by market sales disruptions.


For more information

Contact Janine Woods, Ph.D., agribusiness and marketing specialist, at