Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Pandemic Sparks Beef Market Volatility

April 2, 2020 | Newsline

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked volatility in beef and cattle markets. Micheal Clements has more.
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Agriculture Must Be Included in Disaster Loan Program

April 2, 2020 | News Releases

Thirty-one agriculture organizations and businesses are calling on the U.S. Small Business Administration to include agricultural businesses in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as intended by Congress in the CARES Act.
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Expanded Interview Waivers for H-2A Program is Welcome News

March 31, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a commitment to processing H-2A applications ensures continued access to a stable food source. Micheal Clements has more.
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State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2020 – The U.S. State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications submitted by farm workers in Mexico after hearing concerns that the restrictions would lead to a farm worker shortage in the U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.
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Farm Bureau Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Hungry Americans

Long-running ‘Harvest for All’ Program Benefits Local Communities

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 26.3 million pounds of food and raised more than $494,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2019 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 24.5 million meals.
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Coronavirus Relief Package Provides Help to Rural America

March 26, 2020 | Newsline

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passing through Congress this week includes relief for rural America. Micheal Clements has more.
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Coronavirus Aid Package Critical for Farmers

March 25, 2020 | News Releases

The coronavirus aid package negotiated by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and agreed to by Senate leaders and the White House will help ensure farmers and ranchers are able to continue feeding America in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Coronavirus Stalls New H-2A Visa Processing

March 24, 2020 | Newsline

A State Department decision to not process new H-2A visas means agriculture lacks access to new workers. Micheal Clements has more.
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Agriculture Groups Call on Lawmakers to Support Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 24, 2020 | News Releases

Forty-eight agriculture groups are calling on Congress to expand USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation. Congress must act to ensure the CCC has the authority and funding to assist farmers and ranchers facing serious cash flow challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Congress Urged to Grant CCC Authority

March 23, 2020 | News Releases

Congress must act to ensure the Commodity Credit Corporation has the authority and funding to assist farmers and ranchers facing serious cash flow challenges.
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