COVID-19

Strong and stable fresh produce retail gains in October

Eight months into the pandemic, the virus remains in firm control of how and where people spend their food dollar. Everyday sales have been on a slow march back to normal and restaurant transactions had... more »

Ontario farm groups agree with COVID-19 prevention measures

Ontario farmers are preparing for next growing season and with that comes a strategy to prevent COVID-19 and protect workers. According to BlackburnNews.com, earlier this year a Sector Leadership Group on COVID-19 was put together... more »

Farmworker assistance gets $3M boost after Ventura County demand rises

The Ventura County, California, Board of Supervisors approved $3.65 million to provide financial assistance to farmworkers during the coronavirus pandemic after seeing high demand for the Farmworker Household Assistance Program. The program, approved Nov. 10,... more »

Penn State plans Virtual Ag Issues Forum on CFAP 2

Penn State Extension is partnering with the Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency to offer a webinar, titled Financial Assistance through the USDA CFAP 2 Program, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Learn... more »

More than 20 farms in Washington cited for coronavirus violations since March

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has conducted 384 agricultural workplace safety and health inspections so far this year to help make sure farmworkers are safe on the job. One hundred thirty of those... more »

Apply now for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who... more »

Oregon governor extends COVID-19 housing protections for ag workers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation and isolation in order to... more »

Great Plains Growers Conference & Trade Show goes virtual for 2021

The 2021 Great Plains Growers Conference & Trade Show will be held Feb. 12-13, 2021. Due to anticipated ongoing COVID issues, the organizing committee has chosen to offer a virtual conference in 2021, with every... more »

Project to optimize food plant worker safety, product supply

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the nation’s food supply, in part due to food industry workers falling ill, which reduces the workforce and can lead to temporary facility shut-downs. A Cornell-led project will use computer... more »

More than $7B paid in second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA announced Oct. 26 that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus... more »


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