COVID

Colorado ag department has nearly $1M in CARES Act funds for farmers

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is making up to $1 million in grant funding available for Colorado farmers, ranchers, food hubs and processors to support them in adjusting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic... more »

Farmers to Families Food Box Program reaches 75M boxes delivered

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Aug. 28 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 75 million food boxes in support of American farmers... more »

Court denies temporary restraining order on testing of Michigan ag, food employees

After the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan denied a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s order requiring the testing of farm and food processing employees for COVID-19, the director... more »

LEAD New York to pause due to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, LEAD New York has decided to pause the start of seminars for the 2020–2021 year. Executive director Larry Van De Valk and the advisory board made the decision... more »

Michigan order requires testing of ag and food processing employees for COVID-19

On Aug. 3, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing employees. According to a news release, the order makes Michigan... more »

Farm succession planning webinars from the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of farm succession planning titled “Investing in Your Farm’s Future." The series consists of four consecutive free webinars offered Thursday evenings, from... more »

Report: Mexico keeps migrant workers home as virus rises on Canada farms

Mexico plans to keep migrant workers from traveling to Canada amid a wave of coronavirus outbreaks on farms, threatening a labor squeeze in the northern nation’s fruit and vegetable industry as harvests start to ramp... more »

Legislation introduces measures to protect food supply

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, introduced legislation to help protect the nation's food supply after the COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on... more »


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