To date, just $113 million of the nearly $4.9 billion in funding through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has been distributed to the specialty crop industry, only 2.3% of the total allocations.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced that it will now accept applications for CFAP through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cory Lunde

USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs.

Visit USDA’s Farmers.gov to view the list of eligible commodities.

How to Apply

Cory Lunde

On Wednesday, WG President & CEO Dave Puglia sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that USDA take action to guarantee the payment of all legitimate PACA trust claims, to the extent these claims are not satisfied by the available PACA trust assets. In other words, USDA would cover the difference between what the buyer can pay and the seller is owed. 

Cory Lunde

With wildfires currently raging throughout California, Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions should be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke.

In a recent advisory, Cal/OSHA emphasizes how smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles in the air, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

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