COVID-19

Economic impact of pandemic reflected in continuing farm bankruptcies

Farm bankruptcies increased 8% over a 12-month period, with 580 filings from June 2019 to June 2020. A six-month comparison, however, shows the number of new Chapter 12 filings slowing. Several contributing factors are likely... more »

Alliance for Food and Farming webinar on farm, produce safety available

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) recently hosted a webinar for registered dietitians and nutrition communicators, “Farming and Produce Safety in the COVID-19 Era.” The webinar featured scientists and farmers discussing a wide-range of... more »

Experts say surge in child ATV injuries likely linked to pandemic

The typical summer surge in all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries kicked off early this year, as children were out of school due to COVID-19 and parents struggled with child care and working from home. “When school... more »

CFAP payment limits hinder specialty crop producers, study finds

A study recently conducted by the Agricultural & Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University found that the payment limits imposed by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) would have varying impacts across the country, but Specialty Crop... more »

Retail produce sales remain highly elevated amid virus, economic woes

More than four months after the big spikes in grocery sales at the start of the pandemic, CPG sales continue to track well ahead of the 2019 baseline. More than half, 56%, were extremely concerned... more »

Nitty gritty for specialty crop Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payment

Calculating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments for specialty crops can be relatively easy when using the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Services Agency (FSA) calculator, and when you know the basics of... more »

Long-term farm success planning topic of webinar series

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 »

Experience of workers during pandemic outlined in California report

The COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team announced in July the completion of statewide survey of more than 900 farmworkers in California, which provides unique insights into the experience of these essential workers during the pandemic. According... more »

Virtual format set for Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO

For the first time ever, the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable Farm Market EXPO will be virtual on Dec. 8-10, 2020. “After running various scenarios, discussing options with the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Convention Center... more »

50M boxes delivered in Farmers to Families Food Box Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 29 that the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19... more »


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