COVID Pandemic Forces Farmers to Diversify

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Top Posts

The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed how businesses are conducted across the country. Just as much as any other industry, agriculture suffered from the pandemic’s impact. As restaurants closed their doors and schools’ closures kept children at home, farmers lost a significant portion of their clientele. A year later, they have had to adjust to stay afloat. They will have to …

Rural Broadband AFBF President Zippy Duvall Advocates for Reliable Service

Clint Thompson General

Internet broadband access continues to be a major concern for rural communities. It is a major point of focus for American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Everything that we’re going to move forward to in agriculture is going to be based off the new technology that comes down the pipe to us. It’s going to be run by the …

QLA Deadline Extended: Applications Now Due April

Clint Thompson General, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2021 – Vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast that want to apply for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program now have an extra month to submit an application. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline from March 5 to April 9 for producers to apply, due to recent winter storms and some clarifications …

COVID Impact: Financial Sting Comparable to Hurricane Irma

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Florida, Top Posts

COVID-19 adversely affected Florida’s vegetable and specialty crop producers in 2020. The financial impact was staggering, comparable to hurricanes that ravage the region almost every year. Christa Court, an assistant professor of regional economics at the University of Florida/IFAS, compares the pandemic’s impact to Hurricane Irma, which impacted the state in 2017. “The one that I typically compare it to …

Essential Workers: Response Requested for Survey

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is actively working to be the voice of Georgia’s produce industry. Agricultural workers are essential. The Georgia Department of Public Health is working to create a plan to get your agricultural workers vaccinated. The GFVGA wants COVID-19 vaccines available to them at the earliest possible date and needs your help. Most of …

NASDA Seeks Flexibility to Protect Farm Workers, Specialty Crop Industry

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Top Posts

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) asked the Department of Agriculture this week for more flexibility in the use of Specialty Crop Block Grants. NASDA seeks additional flexibility in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to enhance its response to the continued demands COVID-19 places on the industry. NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn stated, “challenges impacting our …

Cultivating a New Generation of Farmers

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, General, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Sarah Bostick Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts a census. The 2017 Census of Agriculture captured in numbers what we see happening all around us: Farming is changing. GREENER GROWERS One of the most notable changes is that a growing number of farms in America are run by new and beginner producers …