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Commissioner Fried to Florida Farmers: Apply for Second Round of USDA Support Immediately

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Florida

Tallahassee, Fla. — Following this morning’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on additional funding to support agricultural producers facing market disruptions and costs due to COVID-19, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging all eligible Florida farmers to apply as soon as applications open on Monday, September 21 with the enrollment period running through December 11, 2020.  Up to an additional $14 billion has been designated for additional support through the Coronavirus Food Assistance …

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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers, Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, USDA

(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Sept. 21 and run through December 11, 2020. “America’s …

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Farmers, Nursery Growers Can Apply Now For State Coronavirus Assistance

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus

Alabama Farmers Federation By Jeff Helms MONTGOMERY, Ala., Sept. 15 — Alabama farmers and nursery growers negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic may begin applying for financial assistance through two programs administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI).  The signups are part of the $26 million Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program (AASP), which was funded with money received …

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Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program Continues

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus

Of the CARES Act Funds, $26 million were recently awarded to assist Alabama agriculture impacted by COVID-19, and the funding for the various programs is being funneled through the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP). Of the seven programs being funded, the application deadline for three programs is today, September 15. This includes meat processors, fruit and vegetable processors and catfish …

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FDACS Launches COVID-19 Farmworker Safety Video Series as Harvest Season Begins

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Florida

Videos Follow Last Week’s Launch of Commissioner Fried’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign Tallahassee, Fla. – As the fall harvest season begins, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are launching a nine-part video series created to provide guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for farmworkers. The videos follow the launch of Commissioner Fried’s farmworker heat illness prevention campaign last week. “Florida’s …

2021 World Ag Expo® Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

Tulare, CA – For more than 52 years, World Ag Expo® has served agriculture by bringing buyers and sellers together to innovate, collaborate, and advance agriculture. In 2021, the show will not be held live for the first time in World Ag Expo® history. “After working with the Tulare County Health Department, it has become evident that given local and …

Farm Aid Hosting Virtual Festival Sept. 26

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, General

Farm Aid will mark its 35th anniversary with a virtual at-home festival experience. Farm Aid 2020 On the Road, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, will include performances from more than 20 artists. The three-hour event will be streamed at FarmAid.org, on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel, AXS TV and Fans.com. Farm Aid’s 35th anniversary comes at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. …

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Food-Chain Return to ‘Normal’ is Slow, But It Will Happen

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

While the coronavirus crisis is far from over, Chief Counsel for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says the food supply chain has adapted effectively. Clay Detlefsen says we’ve got our challenges ahead for sure. More of Detlefsen’s comments can be heard in a podcast on the NMPF website.

Farmland Ownership Interest Growing

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more interest in farmland ownership. Farmers National Company says there is a growing interest by individuals and investment funds in owning land. Part of this interest is because of COVID-19’s impact on their investment psychology and the desire to invest in a stable, long-term real asset. The company says people are thinking about the food …