immunity

Immunity Still a Consumer Priority

Dan Citrus, Coronavirus, Orange Juice

Consumers are continuing to seek out foods and beverages that provide immune support during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jackie Hopkins with Edible told the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) at its Sept. 22 meeting. That search for immunity is a benefit to the orange juice (OJ) industry, since numerous reports indicate consumers link OJ to immunity. Edible is a marketing agency …

funding

ERS Study Shows Meatpackers Role in COVID Spread

Dan Beef, Coronavirus, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA-ERS

A study from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) shows the role meatpacking plants played in the spread of COVID-19. In what ERS describes as a working paper, the study outlined 49 U.S. non-metro counties in which 20 percent or more of employment is in meatpacking, defined as meatpacking-dependent counties. This represents 41 percent of all nonmetro counties with employment in …

poultry

FSA Administrator Explains Details of PLIP

Dan Coronavirus, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA-FSA

USDA announced late last week that sign-up deadline for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) has been extended to October 12th. PLIP is for swine, chicken and turkey producers who had to depopulate due to insufficient processing access as a result of the pandemic. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Zach Ducheneaux provides some details of the program. For more information, contact your local USDA Farm …

natural disaster

Signup Deadline for Pandemic Livestock Program Extended

Dan Beef, Cattle, Coronavirus, Dairy, Livestock, USDA-FSA

The original signup deadline for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) was today, September 17. But, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they have extended that deadline until October 12, 2021. This extra time will allow livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing to apply for the PLIP. Producers can still apply for …

livestock poultry

Livestock Pandemic Assistance Signup Ends Today

Dan Cattle, Coronavirus, Livestock, USDA-FSA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind livestock producers interested in signing up for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) that today, September 17th, is the deadline to do so. PLIP is designed to help livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the Covid-19 pandemic due to insufficient access to processing. You can apply for assistance for those losses …

pandemic

Pandemic Assistance Available for Livestock Producers

Dan Beef, Cattle, Coronavirus, Dairy, Livestock, USDA-FSA

It was two months ago when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP), designed to help livestock and poultry producers that suffered losses during the Covid-19 pandemic due to insufficient access to processing. You can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. This is a reminder the deadline to …

nppc

NPPC Asks Congress to Address Agricultural Labor Shortage

Dan Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration, Pork

With a scheduled vote in the U.S. House set for Monday, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is calling on Congress to include in a budget reconciliation bill language to expand the existing H-2A visa to year-round agricultural workers. Like many sectors of the economy, the U.S. pork industry is faced with a severe labor shortage. But even before the …

apply

Florida Producers Encouraged to Apply for USDA Pandemic Assistance

Dan Coronavirus, Economy, Florida, USDA-FSA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program-2 (CFAP-2), which includes expanded eligibility and increased flexibility. But a deadline of October 12, 2021 was set for eligible producers to apply or modify CFAP-2 applications. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) encourages eligible producers in Florida to review the program modifications and to apply via …

Food Workers

USDA Invests Millions in Grants to Provide Relief to Farm and Food Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Dan Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration, USDA, USDA-AMS

(WASHINGTON, September 7, 2021) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs. The announcement was made in press call with United Farm Workers Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres and …

Delta variant

Protect Against the COVID-19 Delta Variant

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Coronavirus, Dairy, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, General, Hemp, Herbs, Industry, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

If you would have asked us last September if there would still be a need to write a tip about COVID-19 a year later, our answer would have been, “We sure hope not.” So, what’s changed? The simplest explanation is the emergence of the Delta variant. When you hear us talk about food safety, we don’t often talk about variants. …