Florida Farmers Overcome COVID-19 Impacts

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By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu More than 70% of Florida’s large farms sell to the service industry which includes theme parks, hotels, restaurants and cruise lines. When COVID-19 brought the tourism industry to a crashing halt this spring, farmers around the state quickly pivoted to sell the bounty of fruit and vegetables that were at peak harvest. In a recently …

Specialty Crop Producers Urged to Take Another Look at Aid Program

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Many specialty crop producers are eligible for aid payments under USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which covers more than 130 types of specialty crops. That was Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Bruce Summers, who urges specialty crop producers to take another look at CFAP before the Sept. 11 deadline.

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 11 to Apply for CFAP

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The deadline is this week for farmers and ranchers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to the coronavirus pandemic and are interested in applying to receive direct payment relief need to do so by Friday, Sept. 11. According to VSCNews, more than 160 commodities are eligible for …

COVID-19 Safety Trainings: How to Protect Your Farm Labor

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Back by popular demand, additional training dates have been added for COVID-19 safety trainings for farm workers and supervisors. The additional dates include Sept. 16,  Sept. 24,  Oct. 7,  Oct. 13 and Oct. 21. The trainings will be held via zoom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include English and Spanish instruction. It is free training on how …

Ask the Expert: What does CFAP Mean for Specialty Crop Producers?

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By Carl Purvis, USDA In this Ask the Expert, Charles Stephens, Associate Deputy Administrator, Specialty Crops Program, for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) answers a few questions on how the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) can assist specialty crop growers. What is the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)? CFAP provides direct payments to producers to offset price declines and additional …

Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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Application Deadline is Sept. 11 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2020–U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. “FSA offers several options for …

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H-2A Applications Processed Effectively in Timely Manner Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Third quarter data from the Department of Labor (DOL) shows H-2A applications were processed effectively and in a timely manner even during the early onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Veronica Nigh, economist with American Farm Bureau.  “With as much transition as there was for just the physical staff up here in D.C. and DOL, going from working in …

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Alabama Growers Be Mindful of Deadline Extension for CFAP

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Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension economist Adam Rabinowitz wants Alabama non-specialty crop and specialty crop producers to be aware of the deadline being extended for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and what crops in the state are most impacted. In the Alabama Extension blog, Rabinowitz reminded producers that CFAP provides financial assistance to growers of selected agricultural products. …