COVID-19

Housing for Harvest program expands to two more counties to help ag workers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Oct. 1 that the counties of Sacramento and San Luis Obispo are the latest to participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov.... more »

Ag groups call for more resources to protect employees, communities from COVID-19

Over 160 farm, food and agriculture organizations, all members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, on Sept. 24 sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling for the federal government to take additional... more »

Farmers to Families Food Box Program surpasses 100M boxes delivered

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Sept. 29 that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department... more »

Farm worker housing simulator shows how to help reduce COVID-19 spread

Partnering with the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC), the Vessel Dynamics Laboratory at George Mason University created an online app that shows how various practices aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19... more »

Farm groups seek more rural resources to respond to COVID-19

A coalition of more than 160 agricultural organizations from across the nation has asked the White House Coronavirus Task Force to take additional measures to promote the health and safety of farm employees and rural... more »

Housing for the Harvest program extended to more California counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Sept. 24 that the counties of  Kern and Madera will participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July to... more »

PMA announces Food Fight GA as second Impact Award Laureate

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the second winner of the PMA Impact Award, Georgia Organics’ Food Fight GA initiative in Atlanta, Georgia. At Fresh Summit 2019, then incoming chair, Joe Don Zetzsche announced the... more »

CDC publishes new considerations documents, including for farmers’ markets

The following information was shared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Updated CDC guidance on COVID-19 and food access sites The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges across the United States. Access to healthy, nutritious food... more »

Guidance for Michigan farmers on pandemic preparedness plans, CHAMP tool

With the convergence of major weather events, natural disasters, depressed economic conditions, catastrophic infrastructure failures, and a pandemic that has affected nearly every country in the world, 2020 has been a spectacularly unfortunate year for... more »

Farmers and farmworkers: Protecting food supply, sustaining industry

CA GROWN has announced that the first-ever California Farmer and Farmworker Month will be recognized in October.  It is a fitting tribute in a most challenging year. When COVID-19 hit, farmers, farmworkers and the entire food and... more »


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