COVID-19

2022 next date set for Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC), held annually in Niagara Falls, has announced the cancellation of next year’s event. The convention will be postponed until 2022. OFVC general manager Glenna Cairnie: “It was cancelled... more »

Workers restricted to farms under one grower’s virus lockdown

Each spring, a thousand or more Mexican tomato pickers descend on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to toil in the fields of Lipman Family Farms, enduring long hours stooped over to pluck the plump fruit and then... more »

Strawberry harvest workers in Oregon detected with COVID-19

Nearly 60 incoming seasonal contract strawberry harvest workers for Planasa Oregon Operations LLC on Short Road in Klamath Falls tested positive for COVID-19 before they started work about two weeks ago, according to company officials.... more »

Virtual format set for December Ag Labor Forum in December

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announced Oct. 8 that its annual Ag Labor Forum will be held virtually Dec.  2-4. This annual event brings together key thought leaders in agricultural employment and labor... more »

Virtual format planned for 2021 Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention

The 2021 Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention will be held virtually during the week of Feb. 8, 2021. Normally over 2,400 fruit, vegetable and berry growers and other industry personnel from throughout the mid-Atlantic region... more »

Two more counties added to Housing for Harvest program to help California workers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Oct. 1 that the counties of Sacramento and San Luis Obispo are the latest to participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov.... more »

Ag Worker Coalition calls for more resources to protect farmworkers

Over 160 farm, food and agriculture organizations, all members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, on Sept. 24 sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling for the federal government to take additional... more »

More than 100M boxes delivered in Farmers to Families Food Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Sept. 29 that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the U.S. Department... more »

Simulator shows how to help reduce COVID-19 spread in farm worker housing

Partnering with the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC), the Vessel Dynamics Laboratory at George Mason University created an online app that shows how various practices aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19... more »

More rural resources to respond to COVID-19 sought by farm groups

A coalition of more than 160 agricultural organizations from across the nation has asked the White House Coronavirus Task Force to take additional measures to promote the health and safety of farm employees and rural... more »


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