Food and agriculture Industry resources

General Information and Resources

USDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) COVID-19 - Check the most current resources and USDA Actions on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide - USDA released a resource matrix with funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America.

Nevada Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Resources - resources and guidance available for agribusinesses and related industries in Nevada.

Farm Aid’s Network Online Directory - contains more than 750 organizations that work directly with farmers nationwide on a variety of issues. You can locate organization or entity in your state that can assist you with your needs.

Agricultural Outlook (Nevada) - the Nevada Extension Risk Management Team designed website to increase communication among all Nevada agriculture stakeholders about services, programs and educational opportunities.

Desert Farming Initiative Response Plan - University of Nevada, Reno - Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station - response to COVID-19 pandemic. They are also offering a way for local gardeners to obtain local, certified organic plant starts through Drive-Through Plant Sale.

Nevada Rural Housing Authority - follow the link to be informed about agency updates and information regarding COVID-19 measures.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE  AND RESOURCES:

USDA Rural Development Programs and Services - USDA Rural Development operates over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications. For the list of  programs in Nevada please check Nevada Key Programs.

Small Business Administration guidance & loan resources -  includes disaster loan information and local assistance directory.

Farmer Relief Fund - American Farmland Trust has launched a to award farmers up to $1,000 

  • Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.

Food Animal Concerns Trust mini-grants - has a list of resources as well as mini-grants of up to $500 to help livestock and poultry farmers

 

FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR NEVADANS:

Access Nevada - offers an access to residents in need to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as Food Stamps).

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) - provides food, nutrition education, and other support to families.

School and Community Food Access Resources - find the most current information at Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Food Bank of Northern Nevada COVID-19 Update - The Food Bank of Northern Nevada continues to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and its impact on the communities they serve.

Three Square COVID-19 Response - Emergency food distribution updates.