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More COVID-19 Tests for Florida Ag Workers

Dan Citrus, Coronavirus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced updates to COVID-19 testing sites in Hendry, Miami-Dade, Collier and St. Lucie counties for farmworkers. The effort to provide access to no-cost testing for farmworkers is part of a partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and county governments.  Testing services will continue as …

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UF/IFAS, FDACS seek help in spreading the word on COVID-19 testing to Florida agricultural workers

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(UF/IFAS) — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension (UF/IFAS) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) encourage as many agricultural workers as possible to be tested for COVID-19.  Farmworkers will have access to numerous no-cost COVID-19 testing events in some of Florida’s top agricultural counties. Below is a list of upcoming sites. Support for …

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Proving COVID-19 Isn’t Foodborne

Dan Citrus

When the COVID-19 pandemic became news in the United States early this year, some consumers and others wondered if it might be spread by food or food packaging. Food scientist Michelle Danyluk says ….. Read more about Proving COVID-19 Isn’t Foodborne on the Citrus Industry website.

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Fewer Loans Issued to Farmers Limits Overall Lending Activity

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The Kansas City Federal Reserve says a slower pace of farm financing activity continued in the third quarter of 2020. The total volume of non-real estate farm loans remained subdued amid ongoing weakness in the ag sector, thanks in part to developments regarding COVID-19. The National Survey of Terms of Lending to Farmers, confirmed by statistical research from same day …

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FDACS Announces Hendry County Farmworker COVID-19 Testing

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(FDACS) — Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are announcing additional COVID-19 testing sites in Hendry County for farmworkers as the fall harvest season begins. The product of a partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), and local county governments, today’s announcement follows COVID-19 testing for farmworkers that was made available earlier this month in Miami Dade, Hillsborough, …

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Bacon Farmers Seek Immediate Covid-Relief Action

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NPPC) — President Trump expressed disappointment regarding the ongoing stalemate in the development of new COVID-relief legislation, saying his lead negotiator “hasn’t come home with the bacon.” Without immediate relief for hog farmers in crisis, the treasury secretary may not be the only one not bringing home the bacon, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “We’ve lost hog …

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Farmworkers: DeSantis’ Remarks ‘Shameful’

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Farm workers are pushing back after Gov. Ron DeSantis said clusters of “overwhelmingly Hispanic” day laborers and agriculture workers are the source for Florida’s recent surge in coronavirus cases. The Republican governor told reporters on Tuesday that migrant workers and Hispanic construction workers have been testing positive for COVID-19, in part, because of cramped living and working conditions. “Some of …

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Dairy Farmers of American Donating to Needy Families

Dan Dairy, Economy, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative is providing dairy products to needy families. The organization announced this week the launch of its Farmers Feeding Families Fund, which hopes to raise $500,000 for community food banks across the country. Initial seed money of $200,000 has already been raised through the Cooperative’s DFA Cares Foundation. DFA is already holding events …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried to Congress & USDA: “Too Little Too Late” for Florida Farmers

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried sent letters to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Florida’s congressional delegation urging further action to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Florida’s agriculture industry. In the letters, Fried shared the Florida Seasonal Crop COVID-19 Impact Assessment released this week which projects losses for Florida agriculture upwards of $522 million. The USDA recently announced its …