If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that the status quo is no longer acceptable. We have to acknowledge that if businesses are going to thrive, this necessitates a healthy environment and equitable society.
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 U.S. Department of Agriculture is now allowing companies in the newest round of contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to pack commodity-specific boxes, including produce-only boxes.
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.