COVID

Disaster, Covid assistance released by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing revenue-based disaster and pandemic assistance programs designed to help growers. On Jan. 23, the USDA publicized programs that agricultural producers can begin the application process. The two new... more »

Vaccine confidence is AgriSafe’s COVID-19 toolkit aim

Agriculture is known as one of the most dangerous industries in America, and during the COVID- 19 pandemic this industry has been essential in providing food and fiber to the country, despite increased risk of... more »

Testing for ag, food processing employees reversed in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has rescinded its order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. This change, announced June 2, is being made in light of increasing vaccination rates; declining COVID-19 cases;... more »

Virtual format for 2021 Great Plains Growers Conference & Trade Show

The 2021 Great Plains Growers Conference & Trade Show will be held Feb. 12-13, 2021. Due to anticipated ongoing COVID issues, the organizing committee has chosen to offer a virtual conference in 2021, with every... more »

COVID-19 housing protections for ag workers extended by Oregon governor

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to... more »

Michigan COVID-19 testing mandate may face legal challenge

An Aug. 3 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order mandating COVID-19 testing by farm employers with 20 or more farmworkers has not been well-received – by employees or their employers. According... more »

Industry impacts of coronavirus provided by Vegetable Growers News

Vegetable Growers News continues to be a go-to source for specialty crop industry information regarding the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Since the inception of the virus crisis earlier this year, VGN's website has... more »

Testing of ag and food processing workers required in Michigan

On Aug. 3, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon has issued an Emergency Order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing employees. According to a news release, the order... more »

Long-term farm success planning topic of webinar series

The University of Maryland is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of farm succession planning titled “Investing in Your Farm’s Future." The series consists of four consecutive free webinars offered Thursday evenings, from... more »

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