COVID-19

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 »

New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.0 Producer Webinar set

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. EDT for a webinar as it introduces a new round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). Register here to... more »

Compac details service to European customers during COVID-19

Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family, and its partners ICOEL and Sardas were confronted with unique challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit just as they were preparing to ship and install three turnkey cherry... more »

USDA sets contracts for Round 3 of Farmers to Families Food Box Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Sept. 17 the USDA has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box... more »

California Housing for the Harvest program expands to more counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Sept. 17 that the counties of Kings, Riverside and Tulare will participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July... more »

Emergency Temporary Worker Housing Rule enacted in Washington state

On Sept. 10, Washington state announced a new Emergency Temporary Worker Housing  (TWH) Rule, which expires on Jan. 8, and proposed a new permanent rule, which may be issued next spring if needed. The new rule emphasizes... more »

Articles discuss COVID-19 effects on labor, policy, transportation and consumers

It’s no secret that producers of toilet paper and PPE had a quick increase in demand in March 2020. But how has the global pandemic affected the labor markets, supply chains, and overall consumer behavior... more »

Produce closes out summer sales on high note

Labor Day boosted virtually all departments back into double-digit gains over year ago, particularly with the holiday weekend falling a week later than it did in 2019. Fresh produce had a stellar week, with gains... more »

Video series provides guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for farmworkers

As the fall harvest season begins, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are launching a nine-part video series created to provide guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for... more »

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