USDA has posted a set of FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a guaranteed loan program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The purpose of the program is to support small businesses and help support their payroll during the coronavirus situation.

The PPP provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Cory Lunde

In response to Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent Executive Order allowing for the reopening of state-subsidized before and after school child care facilities for essential workers, the Calif. Department of Education (CDE) issued a Management Bulletin prioritizing children of workers in the food and agriculture industry.

Farm workers and others in agriculture will now have priority in arranging for child care during work hours.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Growers raised the issue of child care for essential workers to the Newsom Administration.

Cory Lunde

With companies everywhere being affected by the current COVID-19 emergency, information and data is more critical than ever before. At Western Growers, we are focused on continuing our efforts to keep businesses and their operations moving forward through this unprecedented crisis. Now more than ever, we are encouraging all of our members to participate in the 2020 HR Compensation Survey, which will provide essential data and analysis to keep the growth and security of our industry on track.

Chardae Heim

At Western Growers, we remain committed to providing our members with the resources needed to maintain your operations and growth forward. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we are dedicated to ensuring that our 2020 HR Comp Survey participation remains open in an effort to help provide information and data that will help your companies move forward even in the face of adversity.

Karen Timmins

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