President proclaims March 24 National Agriculture Day

Amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, President Donald Trump is calling on Americans to honor agriculture and its vital role in society through a national proclamation. March 24, 2020 has been declared National Agriculture Day... more »

Colorado keeps workers home; agriculture exempt as ‘critical business.’

Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, issued the following statement on March 23: "Customers & Colleagues, Governor Polis issued an order late yesterday directing all Colorado employers to reduce in-person work that takes place outside a... more »

United Fresh urges Congress to take immediate action

United Fresh Produce Association, on behalf of our 1,500 member companies that make up the full fresh produce supply chain at the forefront of the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry, including growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors,... more »

Dedicated website targeted to California food, ag interests

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA’s) COVID-19 dedicated webpage is constantly updated with resources for those in the Food and Agriculture sector, which is regarded as critical infrastructure in this crisis as well as all... more »

APHIS COVID-19 frequently asked questions

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a list of frequently asked questions to share information about Agency services and business continuity.  These FAQs will be updated as needed to keep stakeholders informed about APHIS'... more »

Ag exempted as Michigan enacts suspension of non-essential business activities

At 11 a.m. on March 23, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer issued an executive order to temporarily require businesses to suspend activities that are not necessary. This order takes effect on March 24, 2020, at 12:01... more »

Study reveals critical role of food, ag sectors in feeding the economy

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has served as a reminder of the critical role that the United States food and agriculture industries play in fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe... more »

Marrone Bio touts Jet-Oxide sanitizer product to curb coronavirus spread

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a provider of effective and environmentally responsible pest management and plant health products, announced March 23 that its Jet-Oxide 15% postharvest sanitizer product is now allowed by the U.S. EPA for... more »

COVID-19 and food safety: Common questions from fruit and vegetable growers

Novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the infectious disease COVID-19, is on every grower’s mind. Here are answers to common questions about how to approach hand-washing and sanitation on produce farms. Both large and small... more »

Monterey County, ag groups back advisory for agricultural worker protection during COVID-19

On March 20, the Monterey County (Calfornia) Agriculture Commissioner’s Office and Supervisors Luis Alejo and Chris Lopez along with Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Monterey County Farm Bureau, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, Coastal... more »

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