dollarsThe following financial support opportunities have been announced recently:

Covid19 Response Loans authorized through section 1001 of the American Rescue Plan Act

The Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program provides financial support to qualified lenders whose loan applicants want to start or expand middle of the food supply chain activities  such as aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesale, or distribution of food. The program’s goal is to increase capacity and help create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. Further information on the availablilty of these loans locally will be posted here soon.   Read a Fact Sheet here.

Cost Share Assistance for becoming Certificed Organic

Cost is often a barrier to farmers' ability to get an organic certification.  This new USDA program can help organic farmers get their certification by providing cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program.  Click here for more information

CalCAP loans for Small Businesses

The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing.  A State financing authority provides loan insurance to encourage the financial institutions to make the loans to qualified small businesses.  More information can be found at

Specialty Crop Block Grant

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. The SCBGP is designed to support all sectors of California's specialty crop industry and improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets.  Farm and ranching businesses are eligible to apply--check back in 2022 for deadlines.  Browse here for more information:

Access to Capital through Mandela Partners



Direct Covid Relief Funding to Farmers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has selected several organizations to assist with direct funding for Covid19 relief.  Click on this link for a list of organizations:

EXPIRED OR PAST DUE DATES (have the potential for recurring or potentially have internet slide decks of information)

Farm of the Future, Sept 9th webinar

National Institute of Food & Agriculture program experts will host an informative Farm of the Future webinar September 9, at 3 p.m. CT. Farm of the Future is a competitive grant program to establish an agricultural test bed and demonstration site. It seeks to launch this rural test bed for precision agriculture, smart automation, data connectivity and transfer to demonstrate best practices in agriculture, forestry, and animal production systems that enhance sustainability and farm profitability.  Register Here