COVID-19

North Carolina State shares COVID-19 resources for fruit, vegetable producers

Below please find a list of resources for fresh produce growers dealing with COVID-19. These resources are categorized for you into Labor Availability, Markets and Farm Markets, Cleaning and Sanitation, Worker Health and Hygiene, Trade... more »

Michigan apple industry donates apples for school children

Michigan’s apple industry will donate nearly 346,000 fresh apples and 726,000 sliced apple packages to feed school children who are currently out of school due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) worked... more »

2020 strawberry outlook update from Rabobank includes COVID-19 impact

Strawberry planted acreage in California is up year-over-year in 2020 from its lowest level in almost 15 years, and increased plantings in the Santa Maria producing region continue. Florida’s acreage remains flat, while strawberry plantings... more »

Breaking: Passage, signing of CARES Act brings aid to farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27: “The passage of the coronavirus response legislation will provide much needed relief to... more »

COVID-19 not a current threat to the food system, but California farmers still feel the pinch

COVID-19 does not currently pose major threats to overall global food security because adequate stores of staples – like wheat and rice – remain available. But the sustainability of California specialty crops may face greater hurdles, reported Laura... more »

LSU AgCenter posters show safe produce handling for producers, consumers

Hand-washing, social distancing and avoiding touching any part of the face are among the most prescribed recommendations across the globe for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Another practice that has become an important part of... more »

Stay-at-home order in Colorado recognizes agriculture as ‘Critical Business’

On March 25, 2020, Colorado Gov. Jared Governor Polis issued a statewide Stay-At-Home Order and CDPHE issued the amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-24 to implement the Governor’s EO. The order began today, March 26, 2020... more »

Breaking: Increased processing of H-2A visa holders OK’d by state department

Word came from Washington, D.C. on March 26 that the U.S. State Department has taken steps to increase processing of H-2A visa holders through consulates around the world – in particular the expansion of interview... more »

Senate rescue package addresses COVID-19 funding relief for agriculture

The U.S. Senate late in the evening on March 25 approved a $2 trillion COVID -19 Phase 3 rescue package by a vote of 96-0. The bill now moves to the U.S. House, which is... more »

Keep children engaged and safe on the farm during COVID-19 threat

Farming is always challenging, and never more so than now, especially for parents with children living and/or working on the farm. “We hear from parents who are juggling farm work, off-farm work and home-schooling,” said... more »

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Boyer Orchards goes from side business to award winner in three generations

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National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Wage increases naturally lead to job loss – ag included

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