USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. With at least $6 billion dedicated toward the new initiative, the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs.

Notably, USDA will dedicate at least $6 billion to develop new programs or modify existing proposals. Among other items, these efforts will include assistance for:

Cory Lunde

Have a virtual morning coffee with one of the largest and most influential government affairs teams in the fresh produce industry during our exclusive “Lobbying 101 Workshop” on April 7. Western Growers’ government affairs teams in Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., will share effective strategies on advocating for the industry and best practices for successfully lobbying elected and regulatory officials.

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Stephanie Metzinger

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Senate Bill 95 expanding existing paid sick leave benefits under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Existing law provided for COVID-19 paid sick leave until December 31, 2020. The newly passed legislation – applied retroactively to January 1, 2021 – is intended to extend coverage beyond the December expiration date through September 30, 2021.


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