On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $15 million campaign to expand the Farm to Family Program, a partnership between CDFA and the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) to facilitate food donations from farmers and ranchers by supporting food production, processing and distribution of the food supply chain.

To jumpstart the $15 million campaign, intended to run through the end of the year, the Governor unveiled $3.64 million in new funding, including $2.86 million from USDA and $775,000 committed by philanthropy.

Cory Lunde

Today, the Treasury Department published an interim final rule expanding the time frame seasonal employers can use to calculate maximum loan amounts under the small business Paycheck Protection Program.

Under the PPP, the size of the loan an employer is eligible for is tied to their average payroll. Initially, this was calculated using the average monthly payroll for the 12-week period beginning February 15, 2019, and ending June 30, 2019.

Some seasonal employers, however, have seasons that occur later in the year, such as farms that harvest in the summer.

Cory Lunde

This Friday, May 1st, at 1:00 p.m. PT, WG, in partnership with alliantgroup Washington insiders, will present a live webinar, moderated by Dennis Nuxoll, Western Growers Vice President of Government Affairs.

Mr. Nuxoll will be joined by Mike Johanns, former Secretary of Agriculture, Rick Lazio, former Congressman, and Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.

The panel of presenters will cover updates to the CARES Act, the replenishment of PPP, and its impact on the agriculture industry.

Cory Lunde

Beginning today, Thursday, April 30, Monterey County is requiring the public and employees, including agricultural employees, to wear a face covering. Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties have issued similar orders.

According to the Order, all essential businesses must require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face covering at the workplace and when performing work off-site any time the employee, contractor, owner, or volunteer is: 


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