COVID-19

Growers can continue cover crop systems with Pandemic Cover Crop Program

Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the USDA if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program, offered by... more »

Update to agriculture requirements announced in Washington state

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee issued updates May 28 to the agriculture workplace requirements to coincide with changes to the emergency rules for temporary worker housing released by the departments of Health and Labor & Industries.... more »

Cornell Farmworker Program efforts expanded with grant

As COVID-19 bore down on New York state, the Cornell Farmworker Program used mobile phone technology to provide rapid guidance and clear health information in multiple languages to the state’s farmworkers. Now, new federal funding will expand... more »

Farmworkers educated on vaccinations in North Carolina

To educate North Carolina farmworkers about vaccination, and especially COVID-19 vaccination, NC State Extension is offering a new program called Get Informed and Decide or, in Spanish, Me Informo y Decido. The program is part of... more »

COVID-19 farm rules repeal urged for Washington state farms, workers

Washington state’s leading agricultural groups are appealing to Gov. Jay Inslee to repeal recently renewed COVID-19 emergency rules for farm workers using temporary housing following his announcement that the state will loosen restrictions for fully... more »

Tips to better prepare farms against COVID-19 for upcoming harvest

Farm owners and workers play a key role in the Florida food production system and are truly essential. COVID-19 caused a major disruption on the 2020 fresh vegetable and fruit crop growing season. University of... more »

Impacts of COVID-19 on new farmers subject of USDA listening session

The USDA announced May 4 a virtual listening session for beginning farmers and ranchers to learn how COVID-19 impacted their farming operations and to get their feedback on USDA assistance. The listening session will take... more »

FAQs on American Rescue Plan debt relief for socially disadvantaged producers

Earlier this month, we posted important information about the American Rescue Plan debt relief payments for socially disadvantaged producers. The American Rescue Plan includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances,... more »

Pre-solicitation for TEFAP fresh produce set by USDA

The USDA announced April 9 plans to purchase Fresh Produce (WBSCM Material Number 111427). Pandemic Assistance funding has been made available to supplement The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) program for the remainder of the... more »

United Fresh ‘deeply disappointed’ as USDA cuts Food Box Program

The USDA will end the Farmers to Families Food Box program in May, according to several media outlets. “We’re going to continue to provide healthy food but we’re going to do it through the most... more »

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