Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia, Vegetables

Applications for New Commodities Accepted Beginning July 13 Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and …

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Georgia Produce Safety Program Inspections Underway Again

Clint Thompson Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

During COVID-19, the Georgia Produce Safety Program, through the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), suspended many of its normal activities. But according to Education and Outreach Associate, Elizabeth Danforth, some of those have started back up again. In following Governor Kemp’s guidelines, Danforth said that as of last week they started doing inspections again. And Elizabeth notes they’ve also started …

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USDA to Host Webinar for Producers

Clint Thompson Fruits, Vegetables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application …

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Tips for Growing Warmer Container Vegetables

Dan This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Cathy Isom has some planting and growing tips for warmer container vegetables.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Container gardening gives you flexibility in warm climates because it allows you to move tender heat-loving vegetables like peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes indoors during frosty nights, as well as move heat-averse veggies like salad greens to a shadier spot when …

Georgia Produce Safety Questions Still Being Answered

Clint Thompson Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

During this time of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) wants growers to know while they are not providing On Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) right now, they can still help. Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman they are available to answer any questions. Maggie noted that while we are all still at …


USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

Dan Aquaculture, Citrus, Dairy, Economy, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide. These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in …