CO Department of Agriculture Hosting Virtual Public Town Hall on Thursday, April 9th @ 3:30pm MT

UPDATED APRIL 8, 2020 @ 16:00 MT
Good Afternoon Colleagues and Stakeholders, 
Please Join us Tomorrow, April 9th at 3:30pm for a Live Call-In Town Hall!
This “Town Hall,” has no registration, it is first come, first served and will allow for 500 participants. Feel free to login 10 minutes early. We understand this may cause anxiety about whether or not you will “make the list,” but rest assured, we will be posting the town hall audio in full and continue to leave our question form open.
Tomorrow you will simply dial the phone number “+1 301 715 8592, followed by the “Webinar ID” 501 039 997 and the pound key.
In our last message the Commissioner requested that you submit questions in advance via this google form. However, we want to reiterate that CDA will be taking live questions for the last 20 minutes. To ask a question, press “ * 9” (star – nine) on your phone. The audio in your speaker will state that “You have raised your hand.” We will do our best to answer all questions, in the order they are received. You will know it is your turn to ask a question when you hear in your headset that “You are unmuted.”
Thank you,
Ben Walther
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Digital Media & Outreach Specialist
Current COVID-19 Relief Resources for Businesses
SBA
On Friday, April 3, the SBA opened up the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program makes up to $349 billion available in forgivable loans to help small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors and nonprofits meet payroll, and cover mortgage interest, rent, and other expenses.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organization affected by COVID-19.
These loans enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
This resource provides financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
USDA
This page primarily provides information on USDA Service Centers and the continued support of farmers and ranchers through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other USDA agencies.
USDA Rural Development has $1 billion in lending authority now available through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, which provides much-needed financing to business owners that might not be able to qualify for a loan on their own.
State Resources
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. Donate at the link above and also click there to apply for funds.
Resources for anyone interested in information or resources, including funding options, related to COVID-19 in Colorado.
Other helpful links
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April 6, 2020 Press Release
First and foremost, I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.
Thank you for all you do each and every day to keep food on the table and to support your neighbors and community throughout these uncertain times.
Join the CDA for a CDA Virtual Public Town Hall 
Thursday, April 9 @ 3:30pm MT
Our CDA team has been working tirelessly to help get you accurate and timely information that impacts your business or sector. As part of that ongoing effort, we invite you to attend our first virtual public town hall gathering this Thursday, April 9. We will update you on CDA’s latest work surrounding COVID-19 and help answer any questions we can.

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. Please plan to join me and members of the CDA team this Thursday, April 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Questions can be submitted ahead of time through this form.

Secondly, Federal aid is starting to come to Colorado. We will keep you posted periodically as relief and benefit programs become available. Many of these programs are moving quite quickly so it’s important to stay informed. Not every business is eligible for every program, so check out the resources below ASAP and determine if these resources are right for you.

Thank you, again, for your commitment, service, and fortitude through this time. I look forward to keeping in touch. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and our newsletter for daily updates.
Sincerely,
Kate Greenberg
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
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Current COVID-19 Relief Resources for Businesses
SBA
On Friday, April 3, the SBA opened up the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program makes up to $349 billion available in forgivable loans to help small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors and nonprofits meet payroll, and cover mortgage interest, rent, and other expenses. Visit this fact sheet for more information.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organization affected by COVID-19.
These loans enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
This resource provides financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
USDA
This page primarily provides information on USDA Service Centers and the continued support of farmers and ranchers through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other USDA agencies.
USDA Rural Development has $1 billion in lending authority now available through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, which provides much-needed financing to business owners that might not be able to qualify for a loan on their own.
State Resources
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. Donate at the link above and also click there to apply for funds.
Resources for anyone interested in information or resources, including funding options, related to COVID-19 in Colorado.
Other helpful links

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Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.