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Newest Round of Federal COVID-19 Aid for Farmers More Accessible

Newest Round of Federal COVID-19 Aid for Farmers More Accessible

The USDA is handing out $14 billion of CCC/CARES money as CFAP 2.0. The new program is a marked improvement on the last version with more eligible commodities and a payment option based on lost income rather than price decline. Applications opened September

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More Funds for Farmers Impacted by COVID-19 & Economic Crisis

More Funds for Farmers Impacted by COVID-19 & Economic Crisis

For many family farmers reeling from the economic turmoil of COVID-19, sorely needed emergency relief never came because the government programs intended to serve them were targeted to the largest and wealthiest farms. To date, farm relief programs have proven

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2020 CAFF Survey

2020 CAFF Survey

CAFF’s ANNUAL SURVEY Your voice matters! By taking the time to complete this survey, you help guide CAFF’s work and advocacy to better serve and represent California family farmers, while promoting regenerative agriculture and local food systems. Deadline: Dec 1st,

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ACTION ALERT! Tell Congress: Local Farms Need COVID-19 Relief

ACTION ALERT! Tell Congress: Local Farms Need COVID-19 Relief

 The majority of farmers selling local foods have suffered severe market disruptions due to COVID-19, yet the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has left them out. Now we have a chance to fix this dire situation!  U.S. Representative Alma

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Don’t Let Congress Ignore Small Farms Yet Again!

Don’t Let Congress Ignore Small Farms Yet Again!

In the last COVID aid package, congress approved $16 billion to support U.S. agriculture. But how much of that money found its way to the small family farmers who need it most? …Crumbs. Of the 93 farmers that CAFF supported

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How to be a Good CSA Member This Season

How to be a Good CSA Member This Season

Your partner farm provides fresh, healthy, safe food every week. Here are ways you can ensure you’re helping maintain a safe and responsible environment for yourself and for other members at the CSA pickup.  

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FARM SURVEY: COVID-19​ in the Workplace

FARM SURVEY: COVID-19​ in the Workplace

(CAFF and the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety invite you to complete a short survey about your experience addressing COVID-19​ in the workplace. The survey should take less than 10 minutes ​to complete. Our goal is to

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Where Government Aid Falls Short, Grassroots Fund Helps Family Farms

Where Government Aid Falls Short, Grassroots Fund Helps Family Farms

Second round of grants to 36 farmers totals $90,000 Davis, CA – Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) announced the second round of emergency assistance grants to California farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier today. Despite the release of

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New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released temporary guidance on the requirements that farms must meet to be considered qualified exempt under the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is important for small farms to be aware of

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COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Yes! Magazine – When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the future of the Cannard Family Farm—whose organic vegetables supplied a single Berkeley restaurant—was looking stark. Ross Cannard is the son of an iconic leader in the local organic movement in California.

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USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

Thousands of Farmers and Ranchers Working to Feed their Communities Will Not be Fairly Compensated for Losses

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Federal Aid for Farmers: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Federal Aid for Farmers: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Yesterday the White House announced that farmers may begin applying for direct payments as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office starting May 26. Announced last month by the Secretary of

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Reconnecting Markets, Feeding Communities

Reconnecting Markets, Feeding Communities

RECONNECTING MARKETS, FEEDING COMMUNITIES Food System Supply & Demand during COVID-19 Are you seeking new markets and new customers during the COVID-19 crisis? Have you lost sales outlets? Do you want to sell into a programs that are helping feed

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Plataformas de software de venta directa

Plataformas de software de venta directa

Mientras mercados, restaurantes, y otros canales de distribución de comida cierran o reducen operaciones para prevenir el contagio de COVID-19, granjas en todo el país han expresado interés en usar plataformas de software que apoyen las ventas directas para consumidores

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Fund Supports Family Farmers Falling Through the Cracks of COVID-19 Crisis

Fund Supports Family Farmers Falling Through the Cracks of COVID-19 Crisis

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) announced the first round emergency assistance grants to California farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier today. Most of the growers haven’t or are unlikely to receive other forms of assistance, falling through the

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Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance

Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, CAFF has been working hard with our allies at the state and national levels, urging our government to not only provide relief for the agricultural industry, but to make sure these funds reach family farms, smaller-scale businesses,

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Guidance for Farm Direct Sales & U-Pick during COVID-19

Guidance for Farm Direct Sales & U-Pick during COVID-19

The following is intended to help guide agriculture entities that engage in Farm Direct Sales (farm store or farm stand) and support farm visit activities, such as Pick-YourOwn (PYO). Farm Direct Sales and PYO are important revenue streams for many

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As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

NPR – Images of some American farmers dumping milk, plowing under crops and tossing perishables amid sagging demand and falling prices during the deadly coronavirus pandemic has made for dramatic TV.

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Urging Congress to Protect Organic Food & Ag During Pandemic

Urging Congress to Protect Organic Food & Ag During Pandemic

As a member of the Organic Farmers Alliance in D.C., CAFF joined in urging congress to include provisions in the next coronavirus relief package to help organic farmers, farmworkers, retailers, certifiers, and other businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all

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Without Restaurants Sales, Local Farms Face Tough Decisions

Without Restaurants Sales, Local Farms Face Tough Decisions

KQED – The COVID-19 pandemic hit just as farms had to make decisions about how much to plant. Spring is the time of year farmers plant for the summer and fall season, but it’s uncertain what the market will look

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EIDL Disaster Loan Applications Now Open to Farms

EIDL Disaster Loan Applications Now Open to Farms

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic

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USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus

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State Program Puts Food Industry Back to Work, Sources from Local Farms to Feed Seniors in Need

State Program Puts Food Industry Back to Work, Sources from Local Farms to Feed Seniors in Need

Last week, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a state-funded meal delivery service with two goals: 1) help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 stay home and stay healthy by delivering

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How To Be A Good Farmers Market Customer

How To Be A Good Farmers Market Customer

To assure our farmers markets stay open, accessible and safe for everyone, it’s gonna take everyone doing their part on both sides of the booth.

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Farm to Family Program

Farm to Family Program

$2 million in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding for CAFB to support harvesting, packing  and shipping of donated specialty crop products. In addition, the state Department of Social Services has more than $860,000 in USDA Farm to Food Bank

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23 Organizations Eliminating Food Waste During COVID-19

23 Organizations Eliminating Food Waste During COVID-19

ECOWATCH – To eliminate the food surplus in California’s food system, CAFF works with farmers to redirect their food supply away from their usual commercial customers and into the hands of consumers. Additionally, CAFF created a spreadsheet designed to connect the state’s food

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Governor: Expansion of Farm to Family Program

Governor: Expansion of Farm to Family Program

Governor Newsom Announces Expansion of Farm to Family Program and New Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity. The Governor unveiled $3.64 million in new funding to expand the state’s Farm to Family program, including $2.86 million from the USDA and $775,000

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Don’t Let the USDA Leave You Out

Don’t Let the USDA Leave You Out

ACTION ALERT! As farmers and ranchers across the country are feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is preparing to distribute $16 billion in direct aid to producers who have experienced financial losses.Applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will

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Organic farmers fill national food system holes revealed by COVID-19

Organic farmers fill national food system holes revealed by COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has shrunk the farm-to-table restaurant channel as waiting lists build for CSAs; meanwhile, farmers markets tiptoe into the season, forcing organic farmers to pivot across markets. Here’s how several are meeting these new demands.

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New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

Today (4/24/20) CDC released a new webpage providing information on facemasks, face coverings, and respirator use in agriculture. The article explains what type of face covering can be worn effectively in what farming situation.

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Updated CDC Guidance on Critical Workers

Updated CDC Guidance on Critical Workers

Updated 4/24/20 – To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them

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How Covid-19 Is Transforming Our Food System

How Covid-19 Is Transforming Our Food System

KPFA – Within just a few short months, the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed just about every facet of our society. That includes our food system, where the multiple impacts of the crisis are impossible to ignore. It’s changed how we

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Take Your Local Food Online (Webinar)

Take Your Local Food Online provided practical information and tips from farmers using online sales platforms. Platforms covered in this video include: Woo Commerce — Kat Becker, Cattail Farms Graze Cart — Remi Keaston, David’s Pasture Shopify — Cherie Shenker,

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Farmers Now Eligible for Federal Funds

Farmers Now Eligible for Federal Funds

This week the Senate passed the latest aid package, which is now on its way to the House for a likely vote and the President has indicated he will sign it. This means that the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) as

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$3 billion Available to Food Hubs Distributors to Feed Those in Need

$3 billion Available to Food Hubs Distributors to Feed Those in Need

Local and regional distributors funded to procure and provide boxes of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

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Financial Resources from CA FarmLink

Financial Resources from CA FarmLink

CA FarmLink connects farmers and ranchers with financing, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, forgivable if used for payroll and other eligible expenses.

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New Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19

New Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19

Updated 4/21 by the CDFA: This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will update this guidance as needed and as

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CAFF Participating in Survey of Farm Workers During COVID-19

CAFF Participating in Survey of Farm Workers During COVID-19

Farmworkers are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis and continue to work on California farms and ranches. In order to ensure that these workers’ voices are shaping responses to COVID-19, a broad coalition of researchers and farmworker advocates are

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COVID Update: CA Dept. of Food & Ag

COVID Update: CA Dept. of Food & Ag

Governor Newsom Action on Unemployment Benefits, Including Undocumented Immigrants On April 15, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-50-20 to support California workers impacted by the Coronavirus, including financial aid to undocumented immigrants. The state also issued a Guide for Immigrant Californians. Employee Health Resources

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COVID-19 USDA Farm Stimulus Packages

COVID-19 USDA Farm Stimulus Packages

On Friday, the White House announced that it will direct $19 billion in funds to aid farmers and ranchers during the coronavirus crisis. CAFF and our allies in D.C. are currently awaiting more details in order to explain exactly what

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USDA Announces Coronavirus Food & Farm Assistance Program

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food & Farm Assistance Program

(Washington, D.C., April 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to

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Webinar: Farmers Markets during COVID

Webinar: Farmers Markets during COVID

Webinar recording from the California Association of Farmers Markets covering best practices, tips, presentations from managers from across the state and more.

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New Legislation, Crucial Support to Family Farmers & Ranchers

New Legislation, Crucial Support to Family Farmers & Ranchers

On April 13, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced landmark legislation to provide debt relief to small farmers across the country. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act issues one-time debt relief of up to $250,000 for all farms with under $300,000 in gross income who

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Direct Sales Software Platforms

Direct Sales Software Platforms

This publication highlights product options and sales models that farmers may find helpful. While markets, restaurants, and other food distribution channels close or reduce operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, farms across the country have expressed interest in using

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Urge Congress to help get Covid-19 money out the door to farmers

Urge Congress to help get Covid-19 money out the door to farmers

ACTION ALERT! The U.S. Department of Agriculture is weighing how to spend $9.5 billion in relief for farmers, ranchers and local food systems, already allocated by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Many California family

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CA announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus

CA announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus

California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500

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Emergency fund to help Calif farmers

Emergency fund to help Calif farmers

AG CLIPS – Effort to support farmers most impacted by COVID-19, economic turmoil. Given the pressing challenges facing California farmers as a result of Covid-19, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is launching a new fund to support those farmers

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San Diego ag all the rage in coronavirus age

San Diego ag all the rage in coronavirus age

ESCONDIDO GRAPEVINE – During a webinar last week aimed at helping farmers find solutions to market instability created by the pandemic, Evan Wiig of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis encouraged small farms to work together and aggregate

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

COMSTOCK — Local farmers work hard to respond and adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic has upended the U.S. economy, farmers are trying to figure out how to survive, which is especially critical in California where most

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On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On 4/8/20 CAFF gave a webinar answering dozens of questions on on-farm food safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judith Redmond from Full Belly Farm shared some tips and other info on how their farm is adapting during this challenging

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Fondo de emergencia lanzado para apoyar Agricultores familiares de California afectados por Covid-19

Fondo de emergencia lanzado para apoyar Agricultores familiares de California afectados por Covid-19

Davis, CA – Debido a los desafíos apremiantes que enfrentan los agricultores de California como resultado de Covid-19, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) está lanzando un nuevo fondo hoy para apoyar a los agricultores más afectados por el virus

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CAFF Policy Update: COVID-19

CAFF Policy Update: COVID-19

Updated 4/10/20 (we will continue to update this document as new developments unfold and as new information is released) CARES Federal programs In the face of our public health crisis due to the coronavirus, Congress passed a stimulus package on

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Emergency Fund Supports CA Family Farmers Impacted By Covid-19

Emergency Fund Supports CA Family Farmers Impacted By Covid-19

Given the pressing challenges facing California farmers as a result of Covid-19, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is launching a new fund today to support those farmers most impacted by the virus and the resulting economic turmoil.  California farmers

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The Farm-to-Table Connection Comes Undone

The Farm-to-Table Connection Comes Undone

A direct pipeline to chefs that took decades to build has been cut off by the coronavirus, leaving small farmers and ranchers with food they can’t sell.

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‘A disastrous situation’: mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain

‘A disastrous situation’: mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain

Farmers are seeing produce rot in fields and dairy wash down drains as they rush to find areas of demand and prevent closures. Billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste as growers and producers from California to

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USDA: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents & Businesses Affected by COVID-19

USDA: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents & Businesses Affected by COVID-19

(Updated April 8, 2020) USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions

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La Plataforma de Compradores y Vendedores COVID-19 de CAFF

La Plataforma de Compradores y Vendedores COVID-19 de CAFF

Hola campesinos y compradores, En respuesta a las interrupciones en nuestro suministro y demanda de alimentos locales debido a COVID-19, CAFF está creando una lista de productores y compradores, para ayudar a llenar los vacíos en el mercado que está

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New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

CAFF has created a new resource for farmers that have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up locations. The guide has tips for farmers and a sign that farmers could post at pick up locations and/or share electronically with CSA members.

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New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

CAFF has created a new resource to help farmers prepare for possible labor shortages due to COVID-19. The first page of this resource is a flowchart that helps farmers determine the readiness of their operation. The second page is a

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With food service down, farms look for new markets

With food service down, farms look for new markets

AG ALERT – Loss of business due to mass closures of restaurants, schools and corporate cafeterias in response to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders has small farms looking to collaborate as they try to adapt to the crisis by finding new markets

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USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources

Actions Taken by USDA Rural Development to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Podcast: Farm Sales through Online Platforms & CSA

Podcast: Farm Sales through Online Platforms & CSA

In this episode, we discuss the legal mechanics of online sales platforms and CSA agreements as part of special coverage on COVID-19’s effects on farm businesses with Sarah Vaile, Farm Commons’ Staff Attorney.

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Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Assistance from federal programs can make a world of difference for farmers after a disaster. The next few pages outline current disaster programs, all of which are available to farmers.

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On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

By: Kali Feiereisel, MPH Senior Manager, Farmer Services   Last updated: April 7th, 2020 We realize this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. Hopefully this blog post can provide some tangible information to help answer some of your

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COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Ag Employers & Employees

COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Ag Employers & Employees

Updated April 5: California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. This guidance contains information, recommendations, and requirements for agricultural employers on how

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Podcast: The Families First Act

Podcast: The Families First Act

In this episode, we explore the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act, together known as the Families First Act. We unpack each act’s paid sick leave provisions, when they apply, and for how long.

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Employee Safety During COVID-19

Employee Safety During COVID-19

Update 4/5/20 – CAL OSHA released this guidance document for agricultural employers to follow to protect workers from COVID-19.  

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Farmers’ Markets Are Crisis Lifelines to U.S. Growers and Shoppers

Farmers’ Markets Are Crisis Lifelines to U.S. Growers and Shoppers

The coronavirus pandemic forces small farmers to rely on the internet and consumers to make up for lost restaurant sales.

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New Health Order Regulations & Signage

New Health Order Regulations & Signage

IMPORTANT: Several CA counties have amended their Heath Orders and now require Essential Businesses (farms, farmers markets, etc.) to limit the number of people in the facility at any one time, require distancing in lines, and provide multiple sanitizing measures.

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Donating farm products to food banks, webinar

Donating farm products to food banks, webinar

Wednesday, April 8 from 10-11 a.m. CDFA partners with CA Association of Food Banks to provide resources and information to farmers, ranchers and food processors.

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Local Food Producer Aide Implementation Letter

Local Food Producer Aide Implementation Letter

Letter to Secretary of Agriculture Perdue requesting relief for farmers and ranchers suffering market losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Has your representative signed? If not, tell them to sign today!

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The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now

The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now

To survive uncertain times, small farms are pivoting to serve their local communities and compete with big box grocers online.

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Direct Marketing in CA: Rules & Regs

Direct Marketing in CA: Rules & Regs

Learn the various laws and regulations that govern direct marketing in California, including CSAs, farmers markets and farm stands.

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Employee Paid Leave Rights

Employee Paid Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers

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Coronavirus Agricultural Worksite Checklist

Coronavirus Agricultural Worksite Checklist

Maintain a Healthy Workforce. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Individuals infected with COVID-19 and those exhibiting any of these symptoms should not work. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person-to-person contact and is

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Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

List of potential sources of relief funding from federal, state and local entities, compiled by the CA State Treasurer, updated regularly.

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Unemployment Due to COVID-19

Unemployment Due to COVID-19

What if I have to lay off workers due to slowdowns in my business? Under the recently passed coronavirus relief package (aka “CARES Act”), a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program extends traditional unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks with

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Six Bay Area counties extend stay-at-home order to May 3 with new guidelines

Six Bay Area counties extend stay-at-home order to May 3 with new guidelines

Essential businesses, including farms, will be required to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3. Currently this applies only to six Bay Area counties, but there’s a good chance the state will adopt similar measures. We’ll keep you posted

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CA Agricultural Mediation Program

CA Agricultural Mediation Program

Need help resolving farm and business-related disputes? Free service from Dept. of Ag. with an impartial person to assist parties negotiate differences…

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Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by directing $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses.

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