Despite Coronavirus, USDA Continues Main Mission Of Helping Farmers

The coronavirus may have changed every day life for Americans in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean the USDA has given up their mission of helping the American farmer.

“We’ll be picking up the phone more and conducting meetings virtually,” said USDA deputy Ag Secretary Steve Censky. “And for things you have to do in person you need to forgo the hand shake, practice social distancing, and perhaps meet across the truck bed with a customer on his or her farm or ranch.”

He said USDA is working with other federal agencies that have workers in critical industries important for national security.

“The food and agriculture sector is one of those critical industries because Americans are depending on our food supply chain remaining efficient and plentiful.”

Censky is calling for flexibility and creativity during this uncertain time.

“We have a part to play in our food supply,” Censky said. “Whether you’re a loan officer or a food safety inspector.”

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