Western Growers, United Fresh and the American Frozen Food Institute have teamed up to develop COVID-19 guidance for produce operations.

This guidance document provides useful advice and recommendations to help farm owners and operators prepare for seasonal operations including onboarding of seasonal workers, field and facility procedures, and shared/communal housing and transportation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting national emergency declarations, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service issued rules and guidance that mandate extensions of certain timeframes for participants covered under group health plans and allow plans to ease restrictions on some Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) plan regulations.

Chardae Heim

On June 9, at 12:00 p.m. PT, USDA will host a webinar for specialty crop producers interested in learning more about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and how to submit additional commodities for USDA consideration through the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process. 

The deadline to sign up for CFAP is August 28, 2020, while the deadline to submit additional commodities for USDA consideration is June 22, 2020.

Cory Lunde

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