On Monday, April 27, 2020, The Small Business Administration (SBA) will start accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), using more than $300 B in new funding provided by a coronavirus relief bill President Trump signed into law. Agricultural producers also are eligible under the bill to start applying for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides $10,000 “emergency advances” that do not have to paid back, plus low-interest loans. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Based on SBA rules released April 3, 2020, agricultural producers and co-ops with 500 or fewer employees – including employees of businesses with whom they have an affiliation – can access PPP loans, assuming no other factors limit eligibility. Producers can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. Producers should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. (A list of participating PPP lending institutions in Louisiana, as released by the SBA is contained in this report.)
See PDF for the complete report which provides an update on COVID-19 relief assistance from the SBA.
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