June 4, 2020

By Ryan Rhoades, OSA President What would you pay to spend more time being with the people you love and doing the things you love? Advocacy is an incredibility important civic duty and when it’s time to call in the troops, we need our members to mobilize. But advocacy can also mean long hours sitting in a committee to present your testimony or waiting three hours to talk to your representatives for five minutes. The… Read More

April 15, 2020

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress allocated up to $350 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The program is available to American companies who qualify, including farmers and ranchers, and is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all… Read More

March 31, 2020

In late March, Congress passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus package that included a $14 billion replenishment to the U.S. Department of  Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) authority and earmarked additional money for livestock and specialty crop producers as well as local agriculture. The additional spending authority allows for USDA to make additional Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments this year. By comparison the 2019 MFP payments were authorized up to $14.5 billion and approximately $14.3… Read More