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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, https://www.farmers.gov/cfap2/commodities and contacting your local USDA Service Center.

A list of eligible and ineligible commodities can be found here https://www.farmers.gov/cfap2/commodities. The commodities are divided into 3 categories: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-Rate Crops, and Sales Commodities.

Paycheck Protection Program Update

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. https://www.sba.gov/PaycheckProtection/find?address=39759&pageNumber=1

The Biden Administration has announced that there will be changes to the program. Continue visiting our site and the Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program 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

USDA

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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News

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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus January 15, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The saying goes that tough times bring out the best and worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, and consumers need to be wary of potential fraud related to the vaccine as it is rolled out.

Those who have not yet scheduled an appointment to receive their first dose will be waiting another month. On Jan. 15, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that appointments may be limited until late January, as most of the state’s available vaccine inventory had already been scheduled or distributed.

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Filed Under: MSU Extension Head Start, Coronavirus January 8, 2021

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program in Harrison County is proving resilient in safely living up to its mission of easing the transition to school for families with young children.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Coronavirus December 17, 2020

Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 that saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry.

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Filed Under: Food Safety, Coronavirus December 8, 2020

While Thanksgiving is an obvious food holiday, Christmas also brings numerous opportunities to celebrate with food, and every one of these should be done with care to keep guests healthy.

Byron Williams, state food processing specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said safety is always a concern any time food is prepared, but it can become a bigger issue when there are lots of leftovers.

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Filed Under: Family, Health, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness December 7, 2020

Because many families are celebrating this holiday season a little differently, we might feel a little stressed. One of the things that helps me stay grounded during this time is physical activity. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Success Stories

Community, Food and Health, Food Safety, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Forest Economics, Water, Wildlife
Volume 7 Number 1

Stories by Leah Barbour • Photos by Kevin Hudson

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.

Dr. Leslie Burger, Extension assistant professor, Dr. David Buys, Extension associate professor, and Marc Measells, senior Extension associate, were named fellows in 2020. Dr. John Byrd, Extension and research professor, was named a fellow in 2019.

Burger, a longtime wildlife youth...

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4-H, Volunteers, Agriculture, Livestock, Coronavirus, Forestry
Volume 7 Number 1

Extension meets clients where they are through virtual platforms

Story by Nathan Gregory • Photos by Kevin Hudson

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been part of Terry Barron’s life in many ways since she moved back to her home state more than 12 years ago.

First, she was a volunteer leader of her two sons’ 4-H club. Now, she is more of a learner as a frequent participant in Extension virtual educational meetings organized by James Shannon, an MSU Extension agent in Pontotoc County, which Barron calls home.

After it...

Leanetra Carter, 4-H'er in Adams County
4-H, Volunteers, Coronavirus
Volume 7 Number 1

4-H provides programs, support online during pandemic

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Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Variety trials exemplify Extension’s service to growers through pandemic

For 10 years, a small portion of Moody Farms in Tishomingo County has been sectioned off for cotton variety trial plots. That streak continued in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health and Wellness, Community, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Lexington coalition organizes food giveaway amid pandemic

When the Guardian (U.S. edition) released its article “In the poorest county, in America’s poorest state, a virus hits home: ‘Hunger is rampant’” in early April 2020, a local coalition in Holmes County had already organized to create a food pantry in Lexington.

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Extension Specialist I
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Assistant Professor
Timber Taxation, Forestry Economics, Forest Management, Forest Finance

Your Extension Experts

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Extension Associate III
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Associate Professor
State Health Specialist
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Assistant Extension Professor
Food Safety, Food Science, Food Processing, Home Food Preservation, ServSafe
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Extension Instructor
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Assistant Extension Professor