Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Introduced in Congress

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act was introduced in Congress late last week to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country. The legislation from Democrat Jimmy Panetta of California and Republican Billy Long of Missouri is also designed to help fairs recover from large financial losses they’ve suffered because of COVID-19. A large number of fairs across the country didn’t take …

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NASDA: Senate Coronavirus Aid Falls Short for Agriculture

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

Negotiations to finalize the next coronavirus relief package in Congress are far from the finish line, and so is aid for agriculture, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). The Senate Republican proposal includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus payments for individuals, extends additional unemployment payments by $200 a week through September, and includes substantial …

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’20 Sunbelt Ag Expo Cancelled

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

Contact: Becca Turner; (229) 985-1968 x2228; Email: The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition Board of Directors voted to cancel the 43rd Annual show scheduled for October 20-22, 2020. North America’s Premier Farm Show, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, has provided a venue for the agricultural industry to conduct business for 42 years. For the first time, since it began in 1978, the …

Senate Seeks $20 Billion for Commodity Credit Corporation

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Senate negotiations continue on the next coronavirus relief package. While those close to the talks suggest there will not be a bill ready until sometime next month, there is promise for additional relief to agriculture. Senator Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican who sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee, told Agri-Pulse this week the package will likely include an additional $20 …


Farmers Concerns With Sales Reps During Pandemic

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

A survey from Farm Journal found 45% of farmers have reservations about allowing sales representatives back onto their farm. The survey released last week also found in order for input suppliers to be allowed back on the farm, 50% say social distancing would be required. Additionally, 18% want outside vendors to wear proper personal protection equipment, such as masks. However, …

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Agriculture Making Big Funding Request

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

Agriculture is making a big funding request to Congress in an expected final COVID-19 stimulus bill. It will likely be the last major legislation before the November election, and Senate Republicans don’t want the kind of multi-trillion-dollar COVID-stimulus bills still favored by House Democrats. But the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is asking for a hefty $68 billion in the …


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 …


Latest Numbers for CFAP

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had processed more than 220,000 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments to farmers and ranchers, with the department issuing $2.8 billion to farmers at that time. Since then, even more has gone out as Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce has the latest look at payments made …


No Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days in 2020

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The Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days have been going strong for 65 years as a place that farmers can go to find out about new products and tools to boost productivity. But for the first time, the shows won’t happen. Farm Progress made the difficult decision to cancel both shows due to the rapidly changing conditions related to …