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Your view: Safeguards needed so farms of all sizes can access federal assistance

From major weather events to trade wars, our country’s farmers and ranchers are no strangers to adversity. 

Today, like many others in the world, farmers and ranchers are facing a time of uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic. 

Still reeling from the impacts of several years of low commodity prices, the coronavirus pandemic is now impacting agriculture on all sides and in all sizes of operation. Sobering reports keep rolling in. Commodity and beef prices dropping.

Sortum practices stewardship in the Sandhills

Sarah Sortum always hoped to raise her kids on the family ranch in Nebraska’s eastern Sandhills.

She shares this goal with her brother, as the two want to ensure the ranch’s vitality for generations to come.

“At one point, we began to ask ourselves, ‘What do we want the opportunities to be like for our kids and grandkids 50 years from now? What can we do now that will support them then?’” Sarah said.

Center offers Express Loans up to $10,000, Small Business Administration payment relief

You can count on our relentless commitment to you and your business during this unpredictable time.

I want to let you know about our Express Loans. Qualifying loans may be eligible for up to six months of payment assistance from the Small Business Administration under the Small Business Debt Relief Program of the CARES Act. These Express Loans are available to new and returning borrowers.

You can start an application at: cfra.org/onlineapplication

Large-scale solar energy production coming to South Dakota

South Dakota’s solar industry is poised for significant growth as a result of two proposed utility-scale solar energy construction projects

The first of their kind in South Dakota, the projects in Oglala Lakota and Pennington counties have the potential to increase South Dakota’s installed solar capacity from less than 1.8 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts in the next two years.

Groups call on Congress to treat rural, urban businesses equally

As lawmakers consider legislation to address the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of 65 small business lenders, including the Center for Rural Affairs, across 32 states are calling on Congress to treat rural and urban businesses equally when it comes to providing relief. 

In a letter to Congress, the group is requesting that any new legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic include six months of principal, interest, and fee payment relief for Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program borrowers, similar to that already granted to businesses who borrow through Small Business Administration.

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