Food & Agriculture has never been more important and together we are all an essential part of the supply chain that feeds and nourishes our communities around the globe. The California Prune Board is adapting to changes in daily operations as many in our industry are doing as well. We remain focused on staying nimble and providing information and resources that bridge continuity and being prepared for the future.
This page offers a variety of resources that will inform you about how to be best prepared in your operations as well as insight on what California Prunes is doing to pivot amid new updates each week.
Financial Relief Updates
On April 24, 2020 additional funds were made available for Small Business Administration (SBA) programs providing disaster assistance related to COVID-19. Details include:
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received an additional $310 billion – with $60 billion set aside for delivery only by smaller banks, credit unions, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Additional PPP-related information is enclosed in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resource tab below. Access to the PPP loan application is included here.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance received an additional $50 billion of EIDL “loan subsidy” as well as $10 billion in additional EIDL Advances. At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability. 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. Access to the EIDL loan application is included here.
Financial Assistance Details about financial eligibility for unemployment insurance, paid family leave, disability insurance, relief from financial institutions, and a statewide moratorium on evictions
For specific questions or needs about navigating COVID-19 from a communications perspective. At all times – and especially now – please consider the California Prune Board team as a resource to you. We can discuss your specific situation, as well as connect you with other communications experts who can help as needed. Please reach Kiaran Locy at [email protected] to discuss tools, resources and support that may be helpful to you.
To that end, please download the Essential Employee Designation Letter templates (in English and Spanish) below for your use. You are welcome to adapt and share with your employees who may require proof of their essential employment status.
The document below from Cal/OSHA contains safety and health guidance regarding COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees.