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Jun 28, 2020

USDA adds online portal to apply for coronavirus funds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had added an online portal for growers submitting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

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Jun 25, 2020

Pecan group asks USDA to establish research, promotion program

The National Pecan Federation has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a research and promotion program to expand markets for pecans.

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Jun 21, 2020

Midwest cyclospora outbreak linked to store-brand garden salads

Federal and state agencies are investigating a six-state outbreak of cyclospora illnesses with 76 cases linked to garden salad from Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco stores.

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Jun 17, 2020

USDA extends food box contracts, adds new distributors

The USDA is offering contracts for its massive food box program to companies that were passed over in the first round of contracts for technical errors, such as a missed signature or unchecked box.

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Jun 16, 2020

Apple growers question why USDA payments bypass them

A dozen groups representing state and regional apple growers has asked the USDA to reconsider its method of determining direct payments for apple losses through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

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Jun 16, 2020

Produce grower CFAP payments during pandemic reach $53 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $53 million of the $2.1 billion allotted for specialty crops through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

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Jun 04, 2020

USDA seminar addresses direct payment process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has scheduled a series of web seminars to help produce growers and other producers sign up for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

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Jun 03, 2020

$600,000 PACA violation leads to loss of license for NY company

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions against CKF Produce Corp. for Perishable Agricultural Act violations.

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Jun 03, 2020

USDA, other groups shift HLB research from lab to grove

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other groups have invested nearly $47 million in research over the past six years through the Huanglongbing Multiagency Coordination Group.