USDA Announces Additional Aid for Producers and Business

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week additional aid intended for agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. Earlier this year, the secretary announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the […]

Sandison: COVID, Trade Issues Remain Into 2021

It may be a different year, but many of the problems that plagued the Washington Ag community remain. While a vaccine is being distributed, it will be sometime before coronavirus is not the most pressing issue on the minds of the Ag industry, and Americans in general. Derek Sandison, director of the Washington state Department […]

British Columbia Invests Nearly $5M To Protect Farm Workers During Pandemic

The Canadian government announced this week plans to invest $4.9 million to further protect farm workers in British Columbia during the pandemic. The funds announced by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will help farmers with direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and work stations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well […]

Walmsley: Farm Country Better Prepared For A Second COVID Wave

According to the American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley, agriculture is better prepared for a second wave of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 numbers spiking in several states as well as European counties, health experts warning of a new COVID wave coming this fall. But Walmsley said for the American farmer, this won’t look anything like the […]

Coalition Seeks CCC Funds for Farm Workers

More than 160 farm groups as part of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition want Commodity Credit Corporation funds to help protect farmworkers. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, the coalition says, “We ask for your help as we continue to promote the health and safety of our farm employees and rural communities.” Pence is […]

Newhouse, Panetta Look To Help Ag Community With COVID-19 Costs

As discussions of a new pandemic relief package continue, farmers could be in line for funding to help offset efforts to keep essential workers safe. During last week’s House Ag Appropriations Bill discussions, Central Washington representative Dan Newhouse as well as California’s Jimmy Penetta put forward an amendment that would make money available for safety […]

Safety, Health A Conversation You Need To Have Often With Your Children

The coronavirus world is confusing place for all of us, especially our children. And with COVID-19 forcing the shutdown of school this spring, and the possibility that kids wont return to the classroom this fall, health and safety experts says its important mom and dad, or any guardian, sits down with young children and talk […]

Perrone: Impact Of Coronavirus Not Letting Up

Workers in the meatpacking industries have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of those workers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. UFCW President Marc Perrone said the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong and hitting their members, as well as non-union workers, very hard. “Contrary to some […]