The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act provides an additional payment of $600 per week to individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through July of 2020. This provision would continue supplemental payments of $200 per week for weeks of unemployment through September. Starting in October, this payment would be replaced with a payment (up to $500) that, when combined with the state UI payment, would replace 70 percent of lost wages—either via a formula specified in the bill or by a state proposing an alternative method and receiving approval from the Secretary.
On July 27, Senate Republicans announced the details of their $1 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act, follow-up legislation to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed in March (What’s in the CARES Act for Food and Agriculture).
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new features on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers.
There has been no shortage of societal challenges this year. The healthcare challenges posed by COVID-19 have pushed UnitedAg to elevate our services not only to support our members during these trying times but also to build a foundation for better outcomes in the future.
Last fall, our membership identified five focus areas for innovation in 2020: chronic disease management, behavioral health, caregiver services, employee engagement, and healthcare navigation. Instead of throwing us off course, the COVID-19 pandemic made it crystal clear why we need these services and where to invest our time, energy, and dollars to achieve a better healthcare experience. We share with you three major learnings from the pandemic and what we are doing to address them.