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 …

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USDA Establishes Dairy Donation Program

Dan Dairy, USDA-AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program. The DDP, established by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, aims to facilitate timely dairy product donations while reducing food waste. This is part of the $6 billion of pandemic assistance announced by USDA in March and …

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New USDA Grants to Benefit Meat and Poultry Inspection Operations

Dan Beef, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA-AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $55.2 million in competitive funding will be available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. The new program is being funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. “We are building capacity and increasing economic opportunity for small and midsized meat and poultry processors and producers across the …

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Georgia Ag Commissioner Concerned with Seed Coat Fragments in Cotton

Dan Cotton, Georgia, USDA-AMS

It was announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Agriculture in raising awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the state. In a phone interview with Southeast Agnet’s Randall Weiseman, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black said in …