COVID-19

Mixed news on farm bankruptcies amid pandemic

Farm bankruptcies increased 8% over a 12-month period, with 580 filings from June 2019 to June 2020. A six-month comparison, however, shows the number of new Chapter 12 filings slowing. Several contributing factors are likely... more »

‘Farming and Produce Safety in the COVID-19 Era’ webinar now available

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) recently hosted a webinar for registered dietitians and nutrition communicators, “Farming and Produce Safety in the COVID-19 Era.”  The webinar featured scientists and farmers discussing a wide-range of... more »

Surge in child ATV injuries likely linked to pandemic, experts say

The typical summer surge in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries kicked off early this year, as children were out of school due to COVID-19 and parents struggled with child care and working from home. “When school... more »

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO goes virtual for 2020

For the first time ever, the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable Farm Market EXPO will be virtual on Dec. 8-10, 2020. “After running various scenarios, discussing options with the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Convention Center... more »

Fruit Growers News provides updates on industry impacts of the coronavirus

Fruit Growers News continues to be a go-to source for specialty crop industry information regarding the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Since the inception of the virus crisis earlier this year, FGN's website has... more »

Study: CFAP payment limits hinder specialty crop producers

A study recently conducted by the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University found that the payment limits imposed by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program would have varying impacts across the country, but specialty crop producers... more »

Virus, economic pressure keep retail produce sales highly elevated

More than four months after the big spikes in grocery sales at the start of the pandemic, CPG sales continue to track well ahead of the 2019 baseline. More than half, 56%, were extremely concerned... more »

Calculation for specialty crop Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payment

Calculating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments for specialty crops can be relatively easy when using the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Services Agency (FSA) calculator, and when you know the basics of... more »

Report: Evidence of California farmworker vulnerability during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team announced in July the completion of statewide survey of more than 900 farmworkers in California, which provides unique insights into the experience of these essential workers during the pandemic. According... more »

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO goes virtual for 2020

For the first time ever, the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable Farm Market EXPO will be virtual on Dec. 8-10, 2020. “After running various scenarios, discussing options with the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Convention Center... more »


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