Forty days before the general elections, the United Fresh Washington Conference gathered representatives from Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s campaigns in a virtual session attended by more than 220 people.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new federal feeding programs and put strains on existing programs, and industry advocates at the United Fresh'’s virtual Washington Conference said the need isn’t over yet.
Michael Muzyk, president of Bronx, N.Y.-based Baldor Specialty Foods, opened the second day of the virtual United Fresh Washington Conference with a message of the importance of the restaurant industry.
While some organic grower-shippers seem to favor the stricter enforcement of the USDA's organic regulations proposed, they seem less willing commit to higher fees and stricter enforcement of the rules.
Fresh produce industry associations have joined other agricultural groups in asking the USDA to extend the deadline for producers to receive direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Democrats on a House Agriculture subcommittee have notified Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue of what they see as inadequacies of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in serving specialty crop producers.