COVID-19

Pandemic Assistance for Producers includes aid for specialty crop entities

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 15 additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The funding includes $700 million in Pandemic Response and Safety... more »

Pandemic found ag interests identifying solutions to create opportunities

During the pandemic, many realized the value of farmers, farm workers and the entire agricultural industry when food continued to reach consumers and shortages of fruits and vegetables never materialized.  The dedication of farmers and... more »

Hotline helps Florida farmworkers during pandemic

Florida farmworkers statewide can call a toll-free number, 1-844-44FARMWORKERS (OR 1-844-443-2769) to get free legal assistance with issues on the rise because of the COVID-19 crisis, including access to vaccines. Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS),... more »

USDA pledges fresh produce program boost; United Fresh responds

USDA announced June 4 an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program   to support and expand the emergency food network so food... more »

Washington state repeals COVID-19 rules for vaccinated farm workers  

Following ongoing appeals by Washington state’s leading agricultural groups, state regulators announced May 28 that fully vaccinated farmworkers do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work or in congregate housing facilities,... more »

Vaccinating migrant/migratory and seasonal food and agriculture workers urged

As the vaccine supply increases in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is encouraging the leadership and management of food facilities to support vaccinations for migrant and seasonal food and agriculture workers. "When an... more »

Pandemic Cover Crop Program helps producers continue cover crop systems

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the USDA if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program, offered by... more »

Washington Gov. Inslee announces update to agriculture requirements

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee issued updates May 28 to the agriculture workplace requirements to coincide with changes to the emergency rules for temporary worker housing released by the departments of Health and Labor & Industries.... more »

Grant expands Cornell Farmworker Program efforts

As COVID-19 bore down on New York state, the Cornell Farmworker Program used mobile phone technology to provide rapid guidance and clear health information in multiple languages to the state’s farmworkers. Now, new federal funding will expand... more »

California COVID-19 work rules to be revised after farm groups’ concerns

Revised rules governing COVID-19 precautions in California's workplaces have been sent back for changes that are due this week, after farm groups and others raised objections. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards... more »

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May 2022 issue of Fruit Growers News

IFG adds cherry focus to influence industry progression

Growers feel fertilizer, input cost crunch

Research station trees boosted by Michigan group

Grower, researcher look at the viability of FruitScout

Texas vineyard succeeds in hostile growing climate

Farm Market column: Project shows markets are essential businesses

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