Signup begins May 26 for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Beginning May 26, eligible producers may apply for direct payments as part of the the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which allocated $2.1 billion for specialty crop producers who have suffered market losses from the COVID-19... more »

COVID-19 disinfecting guidelines developed for produce farms

New FDA food safety guidelines require local farmers to review and adapt their current food safety practices. "There has never been a more important time to review food contact surfaces and high touch surface cleaning, sanitization,... more »

Virtual Town Hall by PMA to feature USDA, others from Washington

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will host its weekly Virtual Town Hall on May 27 with a focus on upcoming and future government resources available to the industry.  The conversation will be moderated by PMA’s Chief... more »

Effort calculates ag product supply risk due to worker illnesses

The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, in collaboration with Microsoft, has created the Purdue Food and Agricultural Vulnerability Index online dashboard to quantify the potential risk to the supply of agricultural products as a result... more »

PMA shares pandemic self-check tool for grower-packer-shippers

A new self-check preparedness resource was created by the Produce Marketing Association to help fresh produce growers, shippers, packers and handlers evaluate their organization’s preparedness in mitigating the spread of and preventing COVID-19 in their facilities and... more »

North Carolina SweetPotato growers anticipate no delays due to COVID-19

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission (NCSPC) recently shared the following update on its supply and food safety situation during the COVID-19 epidemic: Supply The NCSPC is made up of more than 400 sweet potato growers,... more »

COVID-19 guidance for seasonal farm workers, employers set in New Jersey

In an effort to help protect the thousands of seasonal farm workers in New Jersey, the state Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Labor and Workforce Development have issued guidance on working conditions as well as... more »

FSA expands set-aside loan provision for customers impacted by COVID-19

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by... more »

Guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening set in Michigan

As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

Denver is site as PHA, PMA’s COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund launches

The COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund, a partnership program led by The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Produce Marketing Association, launched May 16 in Denver, Colorado, with the first delivery of food boxes filled... more »

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