At one point this spring, Jason Turek wasn’t sure if he’d have enough labor to plant any pumpkins. Then he worried that nobody would buy them. Then government stimulus money kicked in, and he began to relax.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented Peruvian Avocado Commission from implementing its usual high-profile, onsite promotional events this summer, but it didn’t stop Xavier Equihua from touting his favorite fruit.
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.