Cleaver, SBA official urge farmers to apply for PPP

A Small Business Administration official urges farmers to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program through their local lenders.

Tom Salisbury is SBA regional administrator for Region 7 which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. He says, “You can walk into your local bank that you deal with, that you bank at for the last however many years, and you know the people there. And that’s the people you’re going to be dealing with so you’re not dealing with a stranger in California or something like that.”

Salisbury says a lot of Missouri farmers have been caught in an especially tight spot, “Here in Missouri, you had some flooding up north that affected some of them last year and then they turn around and you’re in a pandemic. So, we’ve been real aggressive about helping them.”

Salisbury was on a call with Kansas City area Congressman Emanuel Cleaver who is also urging people to apply for the PPP funds by the deadline of August 8th. He says there’s $100 Billion dollars left and he’s trying to get an extension of the program in a new stimulus bill.

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