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NY webinar outlines actions farms should take during COVID-19

As New York "reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers, and to help public officials contain the spread... more »

Representatives call for inclusion of apple growers in pandemic relief efforts

House of Representatives' Anthony Brindisi and Elise Stefanik of New York, and Dan Newhouse of Washington led a bipartisan call of 25 members of Congress to demand the United States Department of Agriculture include American... more »

Colorado finalizes state guidance for keeping ag workers safe

In an effort to protect Colorado’s essential workers within the agriculture industry and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finalized state guidance for the agriculture... more »

Michigan State University researcher gets $9.8M to study low-moisture food safety

Low-moisture foods, like cereals and flour, dried fruit and nuts, have been recalled repeatedly in the last few years, posing health risks to consumers and economic threats to businesses. Bradley Marks, professor and chair of... more »

Washington apples specialty license plates available July 1

With much anticipation, the Washington apples specialty license plates will make their debut July 1. Washington drivers may order the plates for their licensed vehicles from the Department of Licensing website here. According to a... more »

Robotic crop pollination goal of new $1 million grant from USDA

Developing robotic technology for crop pollination is the goal of a new project for Washington State University scientists. Funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Washington State... more »

Western Growers: Specialty crops not accessing USDA direct payments

As of June 15, USDA had allocated nearly $2.9 billion of $16 billion in direct payments as part of its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Specialty crops continue to lag other sectors of the agriculture industry,... more »

Workplace COVID-19 outbreak guidance for employers shared in California

The California Department of Food and Agriculture shared this memo from State Public Health officer Dr. Sonia Y. Angell: This checklist is intended for use by employers experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace. Employers... more »


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