COVID-19

Farmers’ markets included as CDC publishes new considerations documents

The following information was shared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Updated CDC guidance on COVID-19 and food access sites The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges across the United States. Access to healthy, nutritious food... more »

Virtual format pursued for SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

The following announcement has come from the organizers of the SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow. "This has been a very difficult decision. Everyone wants to be in Savannah in January and no... more »

CA GROWN proclaims October as Farmer and Farmworker Month

CA GROWN has announced that the first-ever California Farmer and Farmworker Month will be recognized in October.  It is a fitting tribute in a most challenging year. When COVID-19 hit, farmers, farmworkers and the entire food and... more »

Webinar set for new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. EDT for a webinar as it introduces a new round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). Register here to... more »

Third round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program targets $1 billion

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Sept. 17 the USDA has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box... more »

Housing for the Harvest program expanded to more California counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Sept. 17 that the counties of Kings, Riverside and Tulare will participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July... more »

Washington state enacts Emergency Temporary Worker Housing Rule

On Sept. 10, Washington state announced a new Emergency Temporary Worker Housing  (TWH) Rule, which expires on Jan. 8, and proposed anew permanent rule, which may be issued next spring if needed. The new rule emphasizes early... more »

COVID-19 and the ag industry: Labor, supply chains and consumer behavior

It’s no secret that producers of toilet paper and PPE had a quick increase in demand in March 2020. But how has the global pandemic affected the labor markets, supply chains, and overall consumer behavior... more »

Top 10 in vegetable sales included seven items that had double-digit increases

Labor Day boosted virtually all departments back into double-digit gains over year ago, particularly with the holiday weekend falling a week later than it did in 2019. Fresh produce had a stellar week, with gains... more »

COVID-19 farmworker safety video series launched in Florida

As the fall harvest season begins, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are launching a nine-part video series created to provide guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for... more »


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