COVID-19

Penn State Extension outlines operational approach during virus pandemic

For over 150 years, Penn State Extension has fulfilled its mission of delivering science-based education to Pennsylvania communities. We will not waiver on that promise during this challenging time. Our services continue. We are, however,... more »

COVID-19 information for farmers compiled by Purdue University

This is a very difficult time for many people. Farmers and those involved in other aspects of agriculture and food production are experiencing significant challenges. This fact sheet has information that may help those involved... more »

MDARD cancels Food & Ag Housing Town Halls in Michigan

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cancelled the Food & Ag Housing Town Halls scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Traverse City at... more »

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act FAQs related to the COVID-19 Impact

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) FAQs Related to the COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment... more »

PMA members from 21 countries discuss industry response to COVID-19 

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) convened its members from across the global produce and floral communities to discuss the pandemic’s impact on their businesses during Wednesday’s Virtual Town Hall.  With over 800 members registered from 21 countries, the meeting showcased the way the global food... more »

North American Blueberry Council to host March 27 industry resources webinar

The North American Blueberry Council will provide resources and address questions related to the current labor challenges and the broader impact COVID-19 is having on the blueberry industry during a Friday, March 27 webinar. The... more »

Iowa ag department waives deadline for pesticide applicators to renew certification

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 23 that the deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22. Iowans who were certified... more »

Grocers, United Fresh partner on produce procurement efforts

The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket and the United Fresh Produce Association have partnered to connect produce distributors to retailers. “The entire food industry has come together incredibly during the... more »

Retail produce sales spiking as consumers react to COVID-19

The numbers are starting to come in and – at least on the grocery side of the business – the produce industry has been able to respond to consumer needs during this period of economic... more »

Farmers Market Coalition welcomes ag aid passage; urges House action

After an all-night negotiation, the Senate on March 25 passed a $2 trillion stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by coronavirus, including... more »

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