COVID-19

Ag relief measures cheered by farm market group

After an all-night negotiation, the Senate on March 25 passed a $2 trillion stimulus package; the third COVID-19 stimulus package to date. The bill includes $9.5 billion to support “agricultural producers impacted by a coronavirus,... more »

Farmer Relief Fund established by trust

American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food, has created a Farmer Relief Fund. All monies raised will go directly to farmers. The fund being established by the American Farmland... more »

Amid coronavirus outbreak, EWG releases disputed ‘Dirty Dozen’

The widely-disputed "Dirty Dozen" report from the Environmental Working Group was released March 25, amid the global coronavirus outbreak pandemic. Produce industry groups traditionally downplay the Environmental Working Group  (EWG) findings, citing what they say are... more »

Uninterrupted supply of fruit, vegetables pledged by Del Monte Fresh Produce

Coral Gables, Florida-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. said March 25 that during the COVID-19 pandemic it would continue to deliver an uninterrupted supply of fresh fruits and vegetables – safe, ready and available from... more »

Produce supply chain update shared by PMA’s Ed Treacy

Ed Treacy, Vice President, Supply Chain and Sustainability for Produce Marketing Association (PMA) sent out the following information on March 24 to assist produce supply chain members amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. “In the... more »

Letter sent to USDA by lawmakers seeking specialty crop aid

A bipartisan group of  27 U.S. lawmakers sent a letter March 23 to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting targeted assistance for the specialty crop industry in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.... more »

New York guidance exempts agriculture industry, workers

With the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic engulfing the U.S., states are taking action to increase social distancing and slow the spread of the disease. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued executive orders that force most employers to reduce... more »

Berry donations to schools puts Bobalu Berries in position to help

Like many family businesses, Oxnard, California-based Bobalu Berries is navigating through the global issue occurring, but as a farming company, is also navigating through normal spring weather patterns as demand increases for its fresh strawberries.... more »

H-2A visas’ assurance during pandemic sought by Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called on the State Department to protect the nation’s food supply chain by ensuring agriculture workers are able to receive H-2A visas during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ability to harvest food is... more »

Virtual Town Hall scheduled for members of Produce Marketing Association

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced it will host a Virtual Town Hall for members on Wednesday, March 25, at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (U.S. and Canada). The Virtual Town Hall: Industry Responds to COVID-19 will be the first in... more »

Current Issue

City operation balances social distancing, customer access

Growers eye regionally adapted seeds

Expert cites anti-disease properties of peptides for use in specialty crops

BioConsortia bids to make a mark on industry

Succotash session set for 2021 Great Lakes EXPO

Farm Market column: Why did the customers stop coming to market?

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Farm community can help lead to better times

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