According to the American Sustainable Business Council, the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Advance/Loan ((EIDL) portal is temporarily open for agricultural businesses that were previously denied. The portal will be open for a limited period and it is recommended rural Americans who depend on the land for sustainable income like ranchers, farmers, fishers, vintners and others apply as soon as possible.
This announcement comes at a time of great need for communities that rely on hard work and use of natural resources to feed their families, keep their stores open and contribute to necessary food supplies. Without the rural Americans live and work off the land, grocery stores and other supply chains grind to a halt.
Agricultural Businesses Defined
Agricultural businesses include those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C 647(b)).
SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.
You can find a link to the portal here: www.sba.gov/disaster.