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Financial and Economic Information and Resources for Small Businesses

This page will be updated as new legislation is approved.

If you have questions, contact the MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development at 662-325-3141.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Update

USDA is now implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. According to USDA the Farm Service Agency began accepting CFAP 2 applications on April 5, 2021. If your farming operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic you can apply for assistance by visiting this site, and contacting your local USDA Service Center.

A list of eligible and ineligible commodities can be found here The commodities are divided into 3 categories: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-Rate Crops, and Sales Commodities.

Paycheck Protection Program Update

This program is now closed. For information on other covid-19 relief options please visit the Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is Offering Paycheck Protection Loans Until March 31. These loans are designed to keep workforce employed and may be forgiven according to SBA. Those wishing to apply for a PPP Loan should contact thier lender. You can also search for a lender in your area by clicking here.

The Biden Administration has announced that there will be changes to the program. Continue visiting our site and the Small Business Administration for updates as this is a fluid situation.

Additional Resources

Mississippi Economic Council Disaster Loan Guide

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Information for Nonprofits

Application for Borrowers

Your Banker – Mississippi Bankers Association

U.S. Department of the Treasury – How the Treasury Is Taking Action

Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet

Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

Resources from the Mississippi Emergency Management Association


Six Strategies to Strengthen Your Business During COVID-19

Need to adapt your small business to COVID-19 but not sure how?

In an effort to help small businesses in Mississippi survive and thrive during COVID-19, Mississippi State University Extension faculty members provided an overview of six strategies that can be used to strengthen your business. Using a Zoom conference, faculty provided an overview of each strategy and links to critical resources for small businesses. Please contact any or all of the Extension faculty members in this video to help your business continue to move forward during this crisis.


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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health, Coronavirus September 10, 2021


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Filed Under: Coronavirus August 19, 2021

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, it’s not uncommon to hear of loved ones and friends who have been infected or who are in quarantine due to exposure. Children, especially, may be confused, worried, and afraid about classmates, friends, and family members who are sick.

Success Stories

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Volume 7 Number 2

Extension Brown Bags flying off shelves in DeSoto County

Mississippi State University Extension agents in DeSoto County are partnering with public librarians throughout the county to distribute Extension Brown Bags to members of the community. Extension has offered a range of educational programs at these libraries, so joining with them to expand the giveaways was a natural choice.

Four people stand behind a recently cut large red ribbon on a new bridge over a body of water.
Volume 7 Number 2

Extension distributes 78,000 masks in Mississippi

When a federal agency made mass shipments of thousands of masks available nationally, the Extension health director in Washington, D.C., Dr. Roger Rennekamp, reached out to his longtime colleague Dr. David Buys, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Volume 7 Number 1

Four Extension experts named fellows in their disciplines

Four well-respected Mississippi State University Extension Service experts were recently named fellows in prestigious academic and service organizations.

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Portrait of Dr. Rachael Carter
Extension Specialist II
Community Development, Tourism, Economics and Natural Resource Policy

Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Mr. Tom Ball
Extension Associate III
Portrait of Dr. David Buys
Associate Professor
Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crist
Associate Extension Professor
Portrait of Ms. Anne Howard Hilbun-Benoit
Extension Instructor
Portrait of Dr. Rebecca Campbell Smith
Associate Extension Professor