Last Friday, a coalition of more than 75 California agricultural organizations pressed on Governor Gavin Newsom to recognize the significance of the food supply in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to consider the importance of a reliable water supply in growing the food that our communities require.

“Making sure farmers have the water to grow next year’s food supply is as important as making sure grocery store shelves are stocked today,” the group noted in the letter.

Cory Lunde

Last Friday, WG, in partnership with alliantgroup Washington insiders, presented a webinar on The CARES Act featuring 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 covered updates to the CARES Act, including the replenishment of PPP, and its impact on the agriculture industry. In addition, the presentation provided a review of the existing tax relief incentives that growers and processors are eligible to benefit from as agricultural businesses.

Yesterday, USDA announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide.

These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in need, in response to changing market conditions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency.

Cory Lunde

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