In partnership with Farm Aid the Iowa Farmers Union will be distributing a limited amount of one-time $500 emergency relief payment to farm families.

Awards are intended as emergency relief for farmers and their families. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, counseling, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch. The funds may not be used for any business expense or investment. The IRS guidelines regarding direct assistance to farm families prevent Farm Aid from granting funds to support the farm and its business costs. Your acceptance of this Relief Fund award signifies your understanding and agreement to these use requirements.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a weekly basis until funds run out. Checks will be issued to approved applicants within 5 business days of weekly review meetings.

Applications can be submitted via email to [email protected] or, by mail to Iowa Farmers Union P.O. Box 1883, Ames, IA 50010. We encourage you to submit your application as quickly as possible, using the online PDF, to ensure funds are still available.

KEY CONTACTS FOR NAVIGATING COVID-19 RELIEF

U.S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Find your local USDA Service CenterHERE  Note that your local Service Center may be in a nearby county.

USDA Information Hotline: For USDA-related questions, please contact (202) 720-2791

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
SBA Coronavirus Relief Options: 
HERE

SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: For help with SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance website, HEREcontact 1-800-659-2955 or TTY: 1-800877-8339

Lenders for PPP: HERE

SBA EIDL Application:  HERE

DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR

Find Your State Unemployment Office: HERE

NON-GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORTFLAG’S GUIDE TO COVID-19 RELIEF: HERE

FARM AID HOTLINE: 1-800-FARM AID or [email protected]

STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

IOWA FARMER CONCERN HOTLINE / 1-800-477-1985 A 24/7 confidential When you call, a trained

profession will listen, provide immediate support and make referrals to fit your specific needs.SAMHSA National Helpline / 1-800-662-4357 a 24/7 confidential referral and information service line

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline /1-800-985-5990 to speak to a counselor trained in disaster response.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / 1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883
[email protected]