COVID-19

Fresh produce beats 2019 Labor Day results in tough week

The last full week of August saw the smallest produce sales increases since the start of the pandemic across virtually all departments. Prior months had shown weak final week of the month sales and, in... more »

Managed varieties persevere during pandemic

Managed apple varieties are boldly continuing their marketing efforts in a season disrupted by disease. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, other challenges remain: A crowded field of competing apples, non-discriminating customers and retailers trying... more »

Gebbers Farms: COVID-19 testing confirms prevention measures work

State COVID-19 testing at one of Washington’s largest fruit growers indicates that Gebbers Farms’ preventive measures have been effective at protecting workers, though the family-owned company continues to mourn the loss of three team members... more »

California county joins harvest program providing temporary housing to ag workers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on Sept. 3 announced that Santa Barbara County has joined Housing for the Harvest, a new program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August to provide temporary... more »

Michigan reminds agritourism outlets to follow COVID-19 safety guidance

As Michigan moves into autumn, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) on Sept. 3 reminded the state’s U-pick, corn mazes and other agri-tourism operations opening up to implement and follow plans to... more »

What the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program means for specialty crop producers

In this Ask the Expert, Charles Stephens, Associate Deputy Administrator, Specialty Crops Program, for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) answers a few questions on how the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) can assist specialty crop... more »

Appeals court rules against Michigan farmworkers, farmers

A nine-page filing Sept. 2 by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against farmworkers and farm owners, plaintiffs in a case against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. According to a report by... more »

Ag, farmworker organizations team with California to distribute face masks

The state of California recently shipped 1.4 million N-95 masks to agricultural commissioners in 35 counties for wildfire smoke protection for farmworkers. This is part of that effort. From a joint news release by the... more »

NY Gov. Cuomo announces new state guidance for agritourism businesses

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 1 new state guidance for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. The businesses, which include corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides... more »

SaniDate All Purpose Disinfectant now EPA-approved to kill human coronavirus

BioSafe Systems’ SaniDate All Purpose Disinfectant is now labeled to kill human coronavirus. According to a news release, it is categorized as “SaniDate 6%” on List N – the exclusive collection of disinfectants meeting specific... more »


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