Santa Barbara County has joined Housing for the Harvest, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s new program that provides temporary hotel housing for agricultural workers in need of a place to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. Santa Barbara is the third county to participate in the program, which includes both Fresno and San Joaquin counties.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health will partner with the local Family Service Agency to manage the program.

Chardae Heim

If you haven't already registered for the virtual Agri-Pulse Food & Ag Policy Summit West next Wednesday, September 9th, don’t wait! Sponsored in part by WG, registration is FREE for all WG members.

The day will feature thought-provoking discussions on sustainability, food waste, alternative protein and more, with top leaders in the food and agriculture industries. With an all-star lineup of speakers, you won't want to miss this first annual event.

Cory Lunde

As a reminder, the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is September 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

Over 130 specialty crop commodities are eligible for CFAP. All eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations can be found on the USDA CFAP specialty crop page.

Cory Lunde

The 2020 Center for Produce Safety Virtual Research Symposium provided a broad glimpse of knowledge gained and in-progress awareness of its sponsored research to its largest and most geographically broad stakeholder audience. For many, sometimes it is not quite clear whether this new knowledge represents solutions ready for adoption and if not, how close and what needs to happen next? What sectors should be preparing for subtle shifts in practices or policies and which project outcomes are fueling significant game-changing expectations?

Sonia Salas

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