On April 17 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need.  USDA will join with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the reduction in foodservice sales, to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat. 

Kim Sherman

According to a news release issued yesterday, Caltrans will temporarily issue special permits for overweight trucks transporting emergency supplies in support of COVID-19 relief and prevention efforts.

Caltrans will issue permits for overweight trucks on the State Highway System and will help support transportation operators in obtaining permits from local agencies for local roads. These permits increase the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds and will be valid until further notice.

Essential Goods are defined as the following:

Cory Lunde

Due to coronavirus-related market disruptions, many of our grower and shipper members have received requests from their buyers – largely in the foodservice sector – to extend payment terms beyond 30 days. Be advised that extending payment terms beyond 30 days BEFORE the initial 30-day payment period has expired will waive your PACA Trust rights. However, you may work out a separate arrangement with your buyer(s) AFTER the 30-day payment period has expired.

Bryan Nickerson

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