USDA, FDA Offer Update on Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging

Dan Coronavirus, USDA

The following statement about COVID-19 and its impact through food or food packaging can be attributed to Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commission Janet Woodcock: After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. …


Expanding Retail Presence of U.S. Pork and Beef in Colombia

Dan Beef, Coronavirus, Exports/Imports, Pork

2020 was a difficult year for U.S. red meat exports to Colombia, where COVID-19 took a major toll on meat demand and consumer spending. With demand expected to rebound this year, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is looking to expand the retail presence of U.S. pork and beef in Colombia. Joe Schuele has more details. According to USMEF, last year U.S. …


Ag Workers Among Those Most at Risk to COVID-19 Death

Dan Citrus, Coronavirus, Field Crops, Labor and Immigration

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that food-service, agricultural, and construction workers were among the most at-risk for dying from exposure to COVID-19. The study points out high-density workplaces in any industry are possibly high risk. The close proximity of employees in high-density workplaces creates a high risk for transmission of coronavirus disease. The …


Alabama Row Crop Specialists Share Expertise Virtually

Dan Alabama, Coronavirus, Education, Field Crops, Vegetables

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists with Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System continue to share their expertise with Southern row crop production. According to an article written by Paul Hollis with Auburn University, these researchers and specialists, along with others from throughout the nation, usually present their findings from the most recent production season during …


Dairy Farmers Guide to the Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

Dan Coronavirus, Dairy

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for U.S. dairy farmers, who remain committed to implementing CDC-recommended workforce best practices to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus on farms. Access to safe and highly effective vaccines will give the dairy workforce and their families an added layer of protection against COVID-19. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) knows vaccinating essential …


COVID-19 Assistance Package Includes Provisions from Stabenow

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

The COVID-19 Assistance Package includes provisions supported by Senate Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow says, “We need to take bold action to get farmers, families and rural communities the help they need to weather this crisis and come out stronger on the other end.” The Michigan Democrat worked with House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott from Georgia and House Education …


Georgia Beef Expo Cancelled

Clint Thompson Beef, Coronavirus, Georgia

The Georgia Beef Expo committee has announced it has elected to cancel the 2021 Georgia Beef Expo that was scheduled for April 2-3 in Perry, Georgia. The committee explored different options in an attempt to continue the tradition but felt this was the most prudent course of action considering the uncertainty in travel for exhibitors and the recent spike in …

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More Farmers Plan to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

A question in the recent Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer finds more farmers say they will get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ag Economy Barometer for January, released this week, finds producers’ attitudes about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine have shifted since the fall, with nearly six out of ten producers, 58%, planning to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Just 24% …


Alabama Agriculture, Food Workers Eligible for Covid Vaccine

Dan Alabama, Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration

As the Covid-19 vaccination process continues across the county, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted food and agriculture workers were among the 30 million frontline essential workers who should be in line for the vaccine. Over the past few weeks, individual states have begun to include this segment in their vaccination programs and that includes Alabama. According …


Researchers Help Expand Indoor Gardening Trend Triggered by Pandemic

Dan Coronavirus, Education, Florida, Fruits, Herbs, News from Our Sponsors, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

(UF/IFAS) — COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. Recent research shows that about 80% of those who took up gardening since the beginning of COVID-19 will continue the pastime in 2021. Growing in the outdoor garden is one thing. Tending to plants indoors at home presents other challenges and opportunities. As they recognized the …