The B&I CARES Act Program is now accepting applications. Lenders who want to submit an application can email Gary Pereira directly at for the checklist (the required items are spelled out on the last page of the IFR. Basically, it’s the B&I application checklist minus a few items).

This program offers loan guarantees to rural businesses and agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans.

USDA is hosting a webinar for external stakeholders to provide an overview of the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee CARES Act Program requirements.

To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit


Energy Coordinator

Business Programs Specialist | Rural Business Programs

Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

9025 River Road, Marcy, NY 13403

Phone: (315) 570-2233 (new) | Fax: (855) 558-7596 | Cell: (315) 530-3433