COVID-19 Resources

For Farm Bureau Members




Application Period Opens for Improved Round of Paycheck Protection Program


PPP improvements will benefit farmers and ranchers, including new qualifying expenses, using gross farm income to determine loan amounts and reducing the level of required losses to qualify.

Farmers Feeding Utah Making Delivery of Food to Individuals & Food Pantries in St. George on Jan. 29


The distribution of food will take place at the Dixie Convention Center (1835 S. Convention Center Dr.) in St. George.

National Poll Shows COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health


A strong majority of farmers/farmworkers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health

Coronavirus Aid Package Includes Important PPP Changes for Farmers


The recently signed Coronavirus aid package includes important benefits for American farmers.

New COVID Package Helps Farmers Previously Left Out of Aid


Many farmers and ranchers who were previously left out of aid will now qualify for assistance, including growers who were forced to euthanize livestock during the initial wave of the pandemic.

Dec. 11 Deadline Approaching for USDA Program for Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by COVID-19


The CFAP 2 program provides direct relief to producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

2020 UDAF Relief Grant deadline is November 9


Immediate economic relief is available in the form of one-time grants of up to $40,000 per agricultural operation

Positivity During the Pandemic


We need each other in every single community across this great nation, urban and rural.

Ag Groups Call for More Resources to Protect Employees, Communities from Coronavirus


Expanding the pandemic response beyond the farm gate and into farming communities will be critical to ensuring the well-being of employees, their families and their neighbors.

Utah Dept. of Ag Helps Explain SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules


Although guidance has been released, concerns exists on the reasonings of the limitations that have been put in place

COVID-19 Continues to Drive the Evolution of the Retail Food Landscape


The dramatic shift to online food purchasing by consumers has the been the biggest growth-driver during the pandemic

Breaking Down CFAP 2.0


Sign-up for CFAP2 runs Sept. 21 through Dec. 11 through USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices.

Second Batch of Coronavirus Assistance Will Help More Farmers


The coronavirus pandemic hit at a time when farmers and ranchers were continuing to struggle with low prices due to reduced exports.

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus


Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

September – A Time to Remember, Find Hope and Have Faith


Although those in agriculture are known for their traditions, unparalleled hope and optimism, they face some realities that none of us can imagine

Farmers Feeding Utah Announces Fourth ‘Miracle Project’ to Needy Families in the Uinta Basin


Miracle Project Uinta Basin, which will take place September 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the Western Park in Vernal.

First Cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Mink in the United States Confirmed in Utah


Five infected mink were identified at two Utah mink farms.

Farmers Need More Time to Access Aid


The American Farm Bureau, along with 27 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the deadline be pushed beyond August 28, 2020.

Your Voice, Your American Farm Bureau


But for all that has changed—for a time that is—there are fundamental things that have not changed

Farm Bureau Appreciates Extension of CFAP Application Deadline


The USDA announced it will extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to September 11, 2020

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP


Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11, and Producers Who Have Approved Applications to Receive Final Payments

Ag Expo to be Largest Ag Conference in Utah


The Utah Farm Bureau is excited to announce the newly named Utah Ag Expo, the largest agricultural conference in Utah.

Four Months Out: What Happened to our Food System and Why?


Let's take the time to explain a bit about how our food system was impacted by COVID-19 and why

COVID-19 is Nothing to Sneeze At


Let’s all commit to being more accepting, courageous and wise as we deal with the pandemic and other challenges we may face in our own businesses, lives and communities.

Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


USDA recently announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CF

Farmers Feeding Utah Makes Third Delivery of Food to Needy Families & Refugee Groups in West Salt Lake Valley


Farmers Feeding Utah made its third miracle project to provide relief to farmers and families

Beef and Pork Supply Chain Recovering


As we move into the fall, we will likely see higher fed and feeder cattle prices as the incredibly light placements from this spring become slaughter ready.

Farmers Urge Congress to Pass Small Business Expense Protection Act


Without this relief, millions of small businesses will face significant tax liabilities at a time when they can least afford additional financial burdens

Utah Farm Bureau's 'Farmers Feeding Utah' Campaign Featured on KSL Radio


President Ron Gibson was a guest on KSL radio talking about the third 'Miracle Project' by Farmers Feeding Utah, helping families along the Salt Lake Valley's west side

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Utah


Pandemic EBT to Feed Children during COVID-19 National Emergency

Deadline for 2020 COVID Relief Grant from UDAF Extended


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has a new grant program in coordination with the state and federal COVID-19 relief efforts.

Glimmers of Retail Recovery


We may talk about double-digit sales growth in several categories in June as well, but the food and hospitality sector, as well as the travel sector, has a long way to go.

Congress Votes to Extend Paycheck Protection Program into August


Both chambers of Congress have voted to extend the application period for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which is good news for farmers.

New Bills Would Help Processors Meet Demand


Congress is looking at ways to make our food system more resilient for farmers and ranchers and for consumers

Farmers Feeding Utah Makes Second Delivery of Food to Food Pantries, Needy Families in Northern Utah


More than 550 families received direct food donations in Logan, and more than $100,000 worth of food was provided to food pantries in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties.

Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course


The training course, geared toward farmers and ranchers, is open to the public and will help individuals identify signs of chronic stress and offer effective communication skills

Changes to Livestock Risk Protection Improve Valuable Risk Management Tool


USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance program for swine, fed cattle and feeder cattle

New Legislation Would Help More Farmers Tap Into PPP Loans


The Paycheck Protection for Producers Act (H.R. 7175, S. 3918) would help more farmers and ranchers participate in the Paycheck Protection Program

Farm Bureau Seeks Additional COVID-19 Assistance for Farmers


The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to provide additional resources for farmers impacted by the COVID-19 food system shockwave.

Farm Bureau Calls on Lawmakers to Help Farmers Through Food System Shockwave


The widespread closures at the retail level are impacting consumer demand and purchasing patterns in ways that agriculture has never experienced

Farmers Feeding Utah is Making a Big Difference


The Utah Farm Bureau’s new initiative Farmers Feeding Utah is off to a great start

Farmers Feeding Utah Helps Navjo Nation With First 'Miracle Project'


Launched by the Utah Farm Bureau in early May with the two-fold goal of helping sustain farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19 and providing food and donations to Utah families in need, Farmers Feeding Utah.

Why We Fear the Food We Eat


The COVID-19 pandemic has made people think a lot about where their food comes over the last few months.

Coronavirus Aid Coming in June


The Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for coronavirus-related aid to farmers

SBA: Delivering Support to Utah Farmers & Ranchers


Congress recently passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which includes over $310 billion in new funding to help small businesses and agricultural related industries support their payroll costs.

Farmers Feeding Utah looks to give Northern Utah a hand up through its second ‘Miracle Project’


After making the first delivery of what will be more than 100,000 pounds of food to Utah’s Navajo neighbors, Farmers Feeding Utah is launching its second miracle project: Miracle Project Northern Utah.

Application Deadline Extended to May 29 for UDAF COVID-19 Relief Grant Program


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has opened the application process for the UDAF COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to Utah agriculture operations that qualify.

Farmers Feeding Utah identifies first ‘Miracle Project’, delivering lamb to Navajo Nation


With the project identified, Farmers Feeding Utah has set a project-specific goal of $100,000 in online donations by May 20th

Utah Farm Bureau Launches New Program to Sustain Farmers and Help Utah Families


Farmers Feeding Utah--Giving Utah Farmers and Families a Hand Up

Keeping Your Food and Families Safe


Consumers can rest assured that fresh fruits and vegetables purchased at the grocery store or from the local farmers’ market are safe.

Farming and Ranching is a Business


If any type of business needed help to weather this latest storm, it was farms and ranches.

An Open Letter to Consumers About Milk


Dairy industry representatives, including Farm Bureau, have been very vocal about asking stores to remove dairy product limits because the supply chain backlog is a temporary challenge.

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Signed Into Law


Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and it was signed into law by the President on April 24, providing an additional $320 Billion in funding for the PPP.

What’s in USDA’s New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program?


While the details of this package are still not fully known, the $16 billion in direct support to livestock, specialty and non-specialty crops will help to offset COVID-19-related losses as well as $3 billion in commodity purchases

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.

Farm Bureau Named to Economic Revival Group


President Donald Trump created 17 groups, including one on agriculture, to help shape plans to reopen the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPP Out of Funds, But Impact on Agriculture was Minimal


In order for additional funds to be helpful for agriculture, however, many outstanding questions need to be answered.

Social Distancing and Bull Buying During the Covid-19 Situation


Due to the social distancing mandates, many on site bull sales have been cancelled or modified to be strictly internet based auctions. While not ideal, this process still provides tools and information to continue to make genetic progress forr beef herds

Coronavirus Sends Crop and Livestock Prices into a Tailspin


The economic uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy and the demand destruction for many agricultural products contributed to significant price declines for ethanol, crops and animal proteins. While these commodity futures have declined significantly, one thing is certain, these futures prices are going to change

Helping Everyone in Agriculture


The sooner we have a timeline for getting this new assistance out, the better.

Farmers Prioritize Worker Health and Safety


Farm Bureau is urging farmers to take all the precautions possible to protect themselves, their workers and their communities.

Farm Families Worry About Coronavirus’ Lasting Impact


Generations have done their best to keep their business going, yet many feel like they have no control over whether they can recover from these losses

Pandemic Injects Volatility into Cattle and Beef Markets


A slowing economy is bad for all of the animal proteins, but beef stands to suffer the most when consumers spend less in response to wage cuts and job losses.

Century Farm and Ranch Application Deadline Extended


Deadline Extended on 2020 Century Farm and Ranch applications.

The Best Laid Plans: Remote Learning from the Farm Office


May we all remember that a mix of grace, flexibility and humor will go a long way as we move forward into this new, temporary normal.

AFBF Offers a Free Online Farm Stress Training Program


American Farm Bureau is offering an online farm stress training program.

Agriculture Must Be Included in Disaster Loan Program


Farmers must have access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as Congress intended, to ensure America continues to have access to healthy, affordable food.

Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country


From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country.

How Farmers & Ranchers can use the SBA's Payroll Protection Program


Starting tomorrow (April 3), small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the guaranteed loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

Communicating COVID19 Farm Safety and Farm Worker Health on the Farm


Safety remains a top priority across the food chain, with everyone—from the farm to the grocery store—doing their part to take great care and precautions to get food safely to your tables.

State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce


U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.

What is the impacts of the CARES Act for Food and Agriculture?


The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides a number of food- and agriculture-related benefits, ensure farmers have the financial resources they need to offset the more immediate economic impacts of the virus

Farmers and Ranchers Rise to the Call


Empty shelves can be frightening, but empty fields and barns would be devastating.

Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms


Cornell University recently shared best practices for farmers and ranchers to implement on their farms and with farmworkers to guard against Covid-19

Agriculture Groups Call on Lawmakers to Support Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic


Farmers, ranchers and the supply chain that support them will not let Americans down during this unprecedented crisis

Impact of Covid-19 on Services Used by Utah Farm Bureau Members


This is a general summary of certain services and organizations used by farmer and rancher members of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.

Utah Farm Bureau Responds to Covid-19 Challenges


A summary of how the Utah Farm Bureau Federation is responding to the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic, and its impact on services for our members.

Farm Bureau Highlights Immediate Challenges Facing the Agriculture Sector


American Farm Bureau has released its first assessment of the impact on farmers and ranchers in the wake of the national mitigation efforts to combat COVID-19. å

Use Telemedicine Benefit for Non-Essential Hospital Visits


Utah Farm Bureau members get access to MDLIVE telemedicine for less than $5 a month, or $50 a year, and NO COPAY.

No Taste for Waste Guide While You Shelter-In-Home


Make this an opportunity to check your consumption, rather than ramp it up.

Coronavirus Emphasizes Challenges for Rural Communities


With schools and offices throughout the country closed to stem the spread of COVID-19, access to broadband is critical as students and employees transition to online classrooms and teleworking and the general public tries to stay connected and informed.

Fun Ag Activities for Children While You Shelter-in-Home


Fun and educational Ag activities for children during social distancing

Strong February Jobs Report Belies Economic Effects of COVID-19


With these caveats in mind, the report shows a strong economy as of the middle of February. Where we go from here is anybody’s guess.