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A Review of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP 1 and 2)

by Megan Roberts, Extension educator, and C. Robert Holcomb, EA, Extension educator   The  Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021 ,  passed December 27, 2020, updated the rules and processes for the  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) . Since that law's passage in late December, the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Small Business Administration have issued further guidance of the programs. Furthermore in late March, the president signed  The  PPP Extension Act of 2021 , extending the deadline to apply for PPP 1 and 2 from March 30 until May 31. Approximately $73 billion in PPP funding remained unspent at the end of March, according to  SBA data . This post highlights some of the PPP changes for 2021. In general, PPP is an SBA-backed loan, issued by local lenders, to assist small businesses in replacing 2.5 months of payroll costs or replace owners compensation during the COVID-19 crisis. Recalculation of 1st draw PPP loans or 1 st time application A new
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Paycheck Protection Program extended again and USDA announces program updates

by Megan Roberts, Extension educator Over the last week, several COVID-19 federal financial relief programs announced changes and updates. First, Congress extended the deadline for qualifying small business owners to apply for the  Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) . Congress moved the application deadline from March 31 to May 31. Additionally, lenders now have an additional 30 days until June 30 for application processing. The president signed  The  PPP Extension Act of 2021  into law on March 30. Due to the extension being signed into law in such close proximity to the prior deadline, it is expected that gaps in local lenders servicing applications may occur. Approximately $73 billion in PPP funding remains unspent, according to  most recent SBA data . Next, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its latest iteration of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which is housed under a newly named initiative called 

Extension of Tax Filing Deadline for 2020 Individual Returns

By C. Robert Holcomb, E.A., Extension Educator On March 17, 2021, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. IRS will provide additional guidance in the coming days. Individual taxpayers do not need to file any forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the May 17 deadline can request a filing extension until October 15 by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on . Filing Form 4868 gives taxpayers until October 15 to file their 2020 tax return but does not grant an extension of time to pay taxes due. Taxpayers should pay their federal income tax due by May 17, 2021, to avoid interest and penalties. This relief does not apply to estimated tax p

The American Rescue Plan Act passes Congress, includes food and ag provisions

by Megan Roberts, Extension educator Congress passed its latest (and possibly last) major COVID-19 relief package on Wednesday, March 10.  H.R. 1319, also known as the American Rescue Plan Act ,  was signed into law by the president on Thursday, March 11.  This law comes nearly a year to the day after the first COVID-19 stay-at-home orders began and a year after Congress passed its first major COVID-19 relief law on March 6, 2020.  Although not a comprehensive summary of the $1.9 trillion legislative package, this blog post does highlight several sections of potential interest to farmers, other small business owners, and agricultural professionals. Title I of the law focuses on funding for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is separated into two subtitles: agriculture and nutrition. Title V involves modification of small business relief programs, including minor changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and Targeted EID

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Resources

 by Amber Roberts, Extension Educator In 1862 Abraham Lincoln first used the term the people's department to describe USDA; this is just as true today. The 2018 farm bill established a beginning farmer and rancher program. In this recorded webinar, four different USDA agencies share the programs and resources they have available for beginning farmers.  If you are looking to identify your local service center to discuss these beginning farmer programs, visit . Service centers through USDA remain open but are limited in their ability to provide in-person activity. The best way to get in contact is to start with a phone call or an email to your local service center. can also help you in identifying the USDA resources that match your farming needs.  Featured Speakers:        00:00    Farm Service Agency (FSA) with Daniel Mahoney      07:03     Farm Service Agency Loans (FSA) with Brian Hartman      13:11     Risk Management Agency (RMA) with Brain Fried

Southwestern Minnesota farmland values decrease 3.1 percent in 2020

The annual survey has been conducted of farmland sales in fourteen southwestern Minnesota counties. The survey collects bare farmland sales to non-related parties for the first six months of each year. Land values had been steadily increasing until 2014. After reaching record high prices in 2013, the upward trend was broken as prices declined in 2014 and continued down through 2017. The trend changed to an increase in 2018, remained constant in 2019, and then declined in 2020. The summary report for this survey is available at the county Extension offices in Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine counties. This year, the decrease across the fourteen counties averaged 3.1 percent. Southwest Minnesota land prices peaked at $8,466 per acre, then declined in 2017 to $6,340. Prices increased in 2018 to $6,589 and declined slightly to $6,576 in 2019 and then to $6,371 in 2020. The largest in

Farm Service Agency currently accepting sign-up for numerous farmer assistance programs

by Megan Roberts, Extension educator This article was originally published on January 15, 2021 and subsequently updated with new information in late February. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) continues to announce additional programs to assist farmers. The website delivers the most up-to-date, accurate information on these programs, and we recommend farmers visit that site for timely info and releases. Some of these programs are COVID-19 related disaster programs, while others are ongoing risk management programs with regular sign-up periods. This post draws attention to several FSA programs currently accepting sign-ups.  CFAP 1 and 2 Announced on January 15, 2021, FSA will allow additional eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 1 and CFAP 2) to farmers that may not have applied previously due to ineligibility, as well as offering additional retroactive payments for some producers that already receive