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

The CA Labor Commissioner has issued a CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers poster which must be displayed where workers can easily read it. Executive Order N-51-20 requires employers with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave to food sector workers for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The Executive Order is intended to cover employers that are exempted from the federal Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (i.e, employers with fewer than 500 employees).

Jason Resnick

Last Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy led a group of 120 House Republicans in calling on President Trump to eliminate payment limits prior to implementing the direct payment portion of the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

While $2.1 billion has been allocated to the specialty crop industry for direct payments to producers, payments are limited to $125,000 per commodity with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity.

Cory Lunde

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