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In these challenging times, our membership is a priority and we will serve our farmers, landowners, and cooperatives in the best possible way while adhering to all CDC safety recommendations!

We are providing meals at the RTRC in Epes, Alabama for students!!!  Please contact the center for details

For more information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), visit

Please keep checking this page for updates to services, grants, and programs

We are actively monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 and are taking the health and safety of our staff, membership, and communities very seriously. The Federation's message to farmers and co-ops is to continue to be the anchors of your rural communities and protectors of our local food systems while being proactive and mindful of the COVID-19 safety recommendations.


Our doors may be closed but we are still providing services as all employees are working from home.  Please call your local field office for support or questions.  

Federation Disaster Relief to Famers

Thanks to the Ratliff Charitable Foundation we awarded 10 farmers in AL, GA, MS, SC, and MI disaster relief funds. To be considered for this ongoing funding, please complete the assessment below.  We will notify farmers and coops directly if you will be awarded.

How is this pandemic affecting your operation?

We need all the data and information to determine the impact of the pandemic and how to support you through our advocacy and disaster relief efforts.  Please complete a short cooperative or farmer disaster relief assessment below. Let us know what resources you need

Privacy: Your information will never be shared with anyone other than necessary FSC staff

Financial Resources/Information

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. 


Other Small Business Loan information

Last Friday, SBA published an interim rule indicating that most cooperatives are now eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides low-interest loans of up to $10 million. Issued by private lenders and guaranteed by SBA, these loans can be forgiven if borrowers meet certain requirements.

Paycheck Protection Program Resources

  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program website

  • Department of the Treasury CARES Act website

USDA Announced New: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center.   More info.

Other Information/Resources 

Administrative Office: 

2769 Church Street

East Point, Georgia, 30344

​​Call us: (404) 765-0991

Fax us: (404) 765-9178

Rural Training & Research Center

Agro-Forestry Center/ Alabama State Association of Cooperatives

575 Federation Rd.

Gainesville, AL 35464

Send Mail: PO Box 95, Epes, AL 35460

Ph (205) 652-9676

Fax: (205) 652-9678

Georgia Field Office/ Georgia State Association of Cooperatives

624 W Oglethorpe Blvd.

Albany, GA 31701

Ph (229) 432-5799

Fax: (229) 439-0894

Mississippi Field Office/Mississippi State Association of Cooperatives

233 E. Hamilton St.

Jackson, MS 39202

Send Mail: PO Box 22786, Jackson, MS, 39225

Ph: (601) 944-0592

Fax: (601) 354 2777


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