COVID-19

Funding for agriculture included in rescue package OK’d by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate late in the evening on March 25 approved a $2 trillion COVID -19 Phase 3 rescue package by a vote of 96-0. The bill now moves to the U.S. House, which is... more »

Farm safety for children remains vital during COVID-19 threat

Farming is always challenging, and never more so than now, especially for parents with children living and/or working on the farm. “We hear from parents who are juggling farm work, off-farm work and home-schooling,” said... more »

Services continue from Penn State Extension during COVID-19 outbreak

For over 150 years, Penn State Extension has fulfilled its mission of delivering science-based education to Pennsylvania communities. We will not waiver on that promise during this challenging time. Our services continue. We are, however,... more »

A fact sheet for growers navigating coronavirus

This is a very difficult time for many people. Farmers and those involved in other aspects of agriculture and food production are experiencing significant challenges. This fact sheet has information that may help those involved... more »

Food & Ag Housing Town Halls in Michigan cancelled due to virus spread

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cancelled the Food & Ag Housing Town Halls scheduled for Monday, March 30 in Traverse City at... more »

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act FAQs related to the COVID-19 Impact

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) FAQs Related to the COVID-19 Impact on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment... more »

Global produce industry shares information in PMA Virtual Town Hall

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) convened its members from across the global produce and floral communities to discuss the pandemic’s impact on their businesses during Wednesday’s Virtual Town Hall.  With over 800 members registered from 21 countries, the meeting showcased the way the global food... more »

Deadline for pesticide applicators to renew certification waived in Iowa

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced March 23 that the deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22. Iowans who were certified... more »

Produce procurement partnership set with grocers, United Fresh

The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket and the United Fresh Produce Association have partnered to connect produce distributors to retailers. “The entire food industry has come together incredibly during the... more »

Consumers turn to vegetables during COVID-19

The numbers are starting to come in and – at least on the grocery side of the business – the produce industry has been able to respond to consumer needs during this period of economic... more »

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