An illuminating op-ed on agriculture and the COVID-19 pandemic penned by Albert Keck, WG Sr. Vice Chairman and President of Hadley Date Gardens, Albert Keck, was published in The Desert Sun this week.

In the op-ed, Keck details the value of agriculture to the economy of the Coachella Valley and the food security of our nation. While his message is directed to his local community, his words illustrate the broader importance of supporting our industry not only during the pandemic, but during normal times, as well.

Cory Lunde

As the temperature is expected to rapidly increase this week, many clients with outdoor operations are asking about how to comply with the obligation to adhere to Cal/OSHA’s high heat regulations and the social distancing recommendations relating to COVID-19.

Jason Resnick

Today, a bi-partisan group of 126 members in the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Trump to eliminate payment limits for specialty crops, as well as livestock and dairy producers, before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced.

Last Friday, USDA announced $2.7 billion in funding for the specialty crop industry as part of the CFAP, $2.1 billion for direct payments and at least $100 million per month for six months in specialty crop purchases.

Cory Lunde

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